Athlete of the Week: Rachel Rusk, Tippecanoe High School

Name: Rachel Rusk

School: Tippecanoe

Grade: 2016 graduate

Age: 18

Sports: Softball, basketball

Claim to fame/honors: Four years softball varsity CF; 2 years varsity basketball; member of National Honor Society; attending Bowling Green State University and enlisting in Air National Guard

Bet you didn’t know … I love doing adventurous things

Words you live by: “Great things never came from comfort zones.” — Unknown

Toughest opponent: Kenton Ridge in both sports

Biggest influence: My softball coach Mark Gibson

Game-day rituals: After three outs on defense, when I’m running in, my right foot would have to touch third base

What’s on your bedroom walls?: Posters of my favorite bands and TV shows

When I’m bored I like to … jump off Ludlow Falls

Favorite movie: Deadpool

Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite musical artist: All Time Low

I can’t live without: My GoPro

I can live without: Ketchup

Favorite book: Unwind

Favorite restaurant: Outback

Favorite smell: Mahogany Teak wood

Favorite cereal: Special K

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: H&M

Vegetable you won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Ron Swanson

Whose mind would you like to read? The President

Place where you’d love to travel? Australia

Talent you’d like to have? To run up walls and do flips

Favorite school subject: English

Favorite athlete: Kent Murphy

Favorite team: Ohio State

Favorite Olympic sport: Swimming

Something in the world I’d like to change: Terrorism

Favorite sports moment: When I hit my first my first home run this year against Bellefontaine

Favorite junk food: Ramen

Best thing about softball: The memories you make with your team

In 10 years, I hope to be … a pilot in the Air Force

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