Name: Sam Saloun
School: Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)
Softball Awards/Accomplishments: Entered senior year as a three-year starter for coach Tom Drohner and the Panthers... helped Stevens Point capture three Wisconsin Valley titles, part of 20-straight for the program... as a freshman, helped the Panthers reach a Division 1 state semifinal... sophomore year was named second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference, WFSCA all-district, and WFSCA second-team all-state... as a junior selected first-team all-conference, WFSCA all-district, WFSCA first-team all-state, SPASH team captain, and SPASH MVP... batted .444 as a sophomore with 44 hits, 12 doubles, 3 home runs, and 35 RBIs... as a junior batted .476 with 50 hits, 12 doubles, 5 home runs, and 28 RBIs... named SPASH Valedictorian and a four-year scholar-athlete...
How has not being able to play this spring impacted you? "Not being able to play this spring has been really difficult for me. It is heartbreaking to see the amount of hard work and dedication our team put in for this season not able to be shown. During this time I am normally super busy with practices, games, and school. Being stuck at home, not able to play, is challenging, but I have had a lot of time to work on skills on my own."
What do you miss about not being able to play this spring? "The thing I miss the most is not being able to spend time with my teammates. Throughout the season you form such close bonds with one another. All the memories you make during practices, games, bus rides, and SPASH Softball traditions will be greatly missed this season."
What have you done to stay active? "My gym has held virtual workouts throughout the spring, so I have been doing those every day as well as going to the field with my dad to hit and play long toss. I also have been able to catch for some pitchers and go on bike rides with my brother."
Most Memorable Moment from spring sports? "I would say my most memorable sports moment was my freshman year at the State Tournament. It was our first game, against Sun Prairie. We had runners on second and third and I hit a 2 RBI double to get us on the board. This was a super cool moment for me as I helped our team make it to the semi-final game that year."
Favorite Professional Athlete: Christian Yelich
Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Favorite College Team: Green Bay Phoenix
Favorite Sports Movie: The Sandlot
Favorite Opponent: Marshfield
Favorite Website: YouTube
College Plans: "I will be attending the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay where I will continue my academic and softball career. I plan on majoring in Human Biology and eventually continuing my education to become a Physical Therapist."