Name: Riley Cruse
School: Tri-County North
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, softball
Claim to fame/honors: Became varsity starter in basketball and softball as freshman; earned first team and second-team all-conference in softball the past two years; named second-team all-conference in volleyball last year; received honorable mention in basketball; plays pitcher, first base, shortstop and second base for Ohio Hawks travel team in softball; hit four homers over fence for high school team and three more in travel ball; represented school at Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference.
Bet you didn’t know … I’m a proud owner of 42 pairs of shoes
Words you live by: Lead by doing
Toughest opponent: Miami East for volleyball and Covington for softball
Biggest influence: My family and coaches
Match/game-day rituals: Listen to music, become focused
What’s on your bedroom walls? Photos of friends and family and motivational quotes
When I’m bored I like to: Go to the YMCA
Favorite movie: The Rookie
Person who would play you in a movie: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite musical artist: Chris Young
I can’t live without: My family, friends, and sports I love.
I can live without: Bad attitudes and no effort out of people
Event you’d like to attend: The Olympics
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite home-cooked meal: Spaghetti and meatballs with Texas Toast garlic bread
Favorite restaurant: Red Robin
Favorite smell: Coconut
Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Vegetable you won’t eat: Broccoli
I’d love to trade places for a day with: Delanie Gourley, pitcher on U.S. women’s softball team
Whose mind would you like to read? My Doberman, Maya
Place where you’d love to travel? Hawaii
Talent you’d like to have? Drawing
Favorite school subject: Spanish
Favorite athlete: Delanie Gourley
Favorite team: Ohio Hawks
Favorite Olympic sport: Volleyball
Something in the world I’d like to change: Full equality for women
Favorite sports moment: Hitting four home runs in one game
Favorite junk food: Frosted Animal Crackers
Best thing about volleyball/softball: Being part of a team and working hard to be the best we can be and accomplish the dreams we have
In 10 years, I hope to be: Coaching and teaching with a family of my own
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