Amanda Pappas, Chesapeake, soccer

Q&A --


September 20, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

An All-County and second-team All-Metro defensive midfielder in girls soccer last season as a junior, Chesapeake's Amanda Pappas is also a lacrosse standout, accepting a scholarship to UMBC. She also starts on the girls basketball team. Pappas was an integral part of the Cougars' co-county and Class 4A East regional titles in soccer last fall.

How tough is it to play three sports?

It's very time-consuming, and older people, athletes who have done it, have taught me some things about time management. I love it and it keeps me busy.

Did your parents play sports?

My dad [Anthony] played soccer in South Carolina and my mom [Patricia] played lacrosse at Chesapeake High. I taught myself how to play basketball.

What do you do in your spare time?

I'm usually listening to or watching sports mostly. I just love sports and things that are competitive, like tonight my mom and I are watching the rock singers reality show [with Tommy Lee and his band].

Do you have a favorite sport among the three?

I would have to say lacrosse. I chose UMBC because I wanted to stay local and looked at a lot of state schools before making my decision.

What will you major in at UMBC?

Law and accounting. I've always been into law, I guess because my uncle [Michael] is a lawyer and that's how I got interested. As for accounting, I love math and graphing.

What's been your biggest thrill in high school sports thus far?

I'll never forget last year's region final in girls soccer [a 1-0 win over Broadneck], and it wasn't so much that I scored the winning goal, but it was proving that we could beat them. ... We proved we were better and to make it very special, we did it at home.

What's the goal for this year's team?

Our goal right now is to pull together as a team. You can't be selfish and expect to win as a team, and that's something our coach [Jerry McBee] preaches. We want to do better than last year [going 14-4-1 and losing 4-2 to Walt Whitman in the 4A state semifinals] and prove that last year wasn't a fluke.

What is the best book you have read?

A Million Little Pieces [by James Frey], a book about a guy who went into rehab because he was a drug addict. But then he went on Oprah and said he made it up and that it wasn't true. It was disappointing to find out that it wasn't true.

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