While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with Magnolia utility player Julia Herzinger:

Question: When did you get interested in the sport? Was there somebody that introduced it to you?

Herzinger: Growing up I played soccer and it wasn’t until I was 12 that I started playing softball. My dad introduced me to the game.

Q: What is your favorite part of your sport?

Herzinger: My favorite part of softball is having such a strong bond with girls that strive to succeed just as much as I do, all working hard towards their goals. We all have each other’s back and keep one another accountable.

Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood with the sport?

Herzinger: My greatest memory from my childhood would definitely have to be my first year of all-stars when I was 12. That team was filled with girls that I am still friends with today. We traveled all over the state to play and eventually qualified to go to Florida. That was the year that I truly fell in love with the game.

Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?

Herzinger: My favorite memory in high school isn’t specific. It was my whole junior year. One week before season started, I broke my ankle, had to have surgery, and was out for the whole season. As odd as it sounds, my junior season is my favorite memory because it taught me a lot about patience, remaining humble and being the best teammate you can be regardless of your own personal circumstance.

Q: Which person/people has/had the greatest impact on your athletic career?

Herzinger: My dad undoubtably has had the greatest impact on my athletic career. Not only did he introduce me to the game, but he continued to go the extra mile and put in countless hours in at the cages and on the field over the years. He is my hardest critic and will be the first person to tell me when I’m wrong, but at the end of the day he is always my No. 1 fan.

Q: After a hard day of practice or after a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?

Herzinger: My go to food and drink is an unsweet tea and fajitas. They are my favorite foods and really fill me up after a hard workout.

Q: Which athlete do you want to meet and why?

Herzinger: Yadier Molina. I have always been the biggest St. Louis Cardinals fan. He has really been the face of the organization for as long as I can remember. Growing up I watched him on TV all the time and strived to be just like him. Really one of the best behind the plate.

Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met and explain what the experience was like?

Herzinger: George Springer, I met him back in 2016 at a fundraiser. Although the meet was short, it was unreal to meet that caliber of an athlete.

Q: What are your plans for after college? Will you continue playing your sport? What do you plan on studying?

Herzinger: My plans after college are to obtain my degree and enlist into the military. I will be continuing my softball career into college at McLennan Community College in Waco. I plan on majoring in criminal justice.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?

Herzinger: In 10-15 years I see myself coaching a little league softball team, beginning to start a family of my own, have a solid career built.

jmaskulinski@hcnonline.com

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