Winnetka, Sports

Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Avery Weinstein, New Trier softball

Avery Weinstein is a senior outfielder for the Trevians. She will continue playing for the University of Massachusetts at Boston next year.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

Before the game I usually have a snack in the lockerroom, and my superstition is I always have a sock in my back pocket. It’s always been a thing.

2. Why UMass Boston?

Honestly I really like the coaching staff and really wanted to be in Boston. It’s one of my favorite cities. My dad’s family lives out there. The school is right on a peninsula and right on the water. The view is beautiful, and the coaching staff is super welcoming.

3. What would be your dream job?

Probably a sports photographer. I take pictures in my spare time. I’ve never been serious about it, but I think it would be cool photographing sports. It would be something interesting to do.

4. If you could play another sport, would would it be?

I played baseball up until my freshman year, then I switched to sotball. So if could play another one, it would be baseball. It was my passion from like 6 to 14.

5. Do you have a Favorite athlete?

Ya know, I’m a huge Bryzzo fan — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo (former Chicago Cubs). I miss that duo. If that could be brought back, that would be cool. They are definitely my top two.

6. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

I am a really social person. I like to hang out with my friends. I like to be outside and doing activities with people. I also like to spend time inside with my dog, Koda; he’s a little mini goldendoodle.

7. Why did you switch to softball?

I mainly made the switch because I knew I’d have a significantly better shot at being a collegiate athlete with softball. That was always my dream to be a college athlete. My parents both college athletes (both rowers; mom at Boston University, dad at Tufts). I wanted to be like them in a way. Softball could provide that opportunity and I’ve learned to love it.

8. If you are in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?

I am definitely buying an Arizona Ice Tea. I don’t drink coffee so you’ll always catch me with an iced tea to get caffeine. And I really like fruit rollups — those things you eat when you’re 7 or 8. I’m a big fan of those.

9. What is something people don’t know about you?

I really like to travel but specifically to different countries. I like to experience difference cultures. I’ve been to a bunch of Caribbean countries and places in Europe. I feel like it’s going to benefit me when I am older.

10. How is this season going and what do you hope to accomplish?

I think that as a group we’ve improved significantly already through the season. We brought ourselves together as a family and are really big on supporting each other. Usually our high-energy games go the way we’d like them to. Throughout the season we are hoping to not only improve skills but keep the family aspect of the team. We have team dinners before games, hang out outside softball. We’ve created this community that is really important to us being a successful team in general.

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