Softball Q&A Sessions: Cassie Varvaro, Toms River East

Softball Q&A Sessions: Cassie Varvaro, Toms River East


Softball Q&A Sessions: Cassie Varvaro, Toms River East


Editor’s note: This softball season, the Asbury Park Press brings forth a new content initiative titled The Softball Q&A Sessions, which will appear multiple times per week on and feature a randomly picked Shore Conference player’s answers to fun, light-hearted and interesting questions. Participating players are selected by their coaches and softball writer David Biggy asks the questions via email.

Q. Do you have college plans yet, and do they include softball?

A. My college plans include either going to The Richard Stockton College or Ocean County College to study psychology. If I go to OCC, I plan on playing softball for the Vikings. Softball has been in my life for so long, and I want to have a college career. After two years at OCC, I plan on transferring to Rutgers, and following in my brother Marc’s footsteps.

Q. What are the top-5 songs on your iPod right now?

A. The top five songs on my iPod include: 1. Ain’t It Fun by Paramore; 2. Not A Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake; 3. All Of The Lights by Kanye West; 4. The Man by Aloe Blacc; 5. #GETITRIGHT by Miley Cyrus … You can find me listening to these songs before every game to get me fired up.

Q. What makes playing softball at Toms River East so special?

Playing softball at Toms River East is so special because there are no superstars. We play as a team. The fact that we all get along is the icing on the cake. We are a very young team, which gives the upperclassmen the opportunity to mentor and help out the freshmen and sophomores. Coach (Meghan) Wood always pushes us and encourages us to work hard and never give up, whether it be softball related or real-life situations. (Biggy’s note: Cassie is one of the seniors helping out those younger players get better prepared to carry the torch.)

Q. Who’s your favorite player not on your team and why?

My favorite softball player who is not on my team has to be Keilani Ricketts. Her talent and leadership led the Oklahoma Sooners to the NCAA title last year. Whenever she walks into the circle, you know she means business. Keilani is so fun to watch, especially when she throws her crop (curve-drop) pitch. Not only is she a phenomenal pitcher, she is a clutch hitter. Keilani is an amazing role model to softball player everywhere. (Biggy’s note: The 6-foot-2 Ricketts was last year’s USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and was drafted fourth overall by the USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch league.)

Q. If you had a problem, who on your team would you talk to about it and why?

If I had a problem, the girl on my team I would talk is Kyleigh Norris. Kyleigh is a really great friend, even though I’ve only known her for a short period of time. She always knows what to say to me when I’m upset or need advice. I’m really going to miss her after I graduate this year.

Q. So which teams did you pick to win the NCAA men’s hoops tournament?

For the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, I picked the University of Florida to win. They had such a great run until UConn came around. The loss didn’t sting as much, since UConn won the whole thing. It was a very exciting tournament. (Biggy’s note: I wasn’t sure which team Cassie went with, but I did see several tweets about her bracket getting blown up.)


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