[Editor’s note: “Take Five” is a recurring feature designed to offer a quick look at some of Oregon’s most interesting high school sports standouts. This spring, Take Five will focus exclusively on seniors, whose final high school seasons have been canceled by the coronavirus. Today, we meet senior Allison Miner, a multi-sport athlete who’s been on Sweet Home’s varsity softball team since she was a freshman. Very much a team-first player, Miner wouldn’t tell us much about her individual achievements in the sport. She preferred to focus on team success. Here here! We sent Miner 25 questions and asked her to pick five to answer. Here’s what she told us…]
OSAAtoday: What was your first big success as an athlete and how did that impact you?
Allison Miner: My freshman year, I hit the first home run of my high school career. That was a big moment for me because there were some people who doubted me and doubted whether or not I deserved my spot. That made me even doubt myself. When I hit that home run it gave me my confidence back.
OSAAtoday: Describe your scariest moment while learning how to drive.
Miner: When I got my permit I was scared to death about having to sneeze while I was driving. It was always on my mind that I would sneeze so hard and accidentally jerk the wheel and crash into something or somebody. Then I finally sneezed while I was driving and nothing happened and I realized how irrational my fear was.
OSAAtoday: What Olympic sport would you be the worst at and why?
Miner: Figure skating. I can't even ice skate normally. I spend more time on the ice than on my skates.
OSAAtoday: If you find yourself stranded on a deserted island for a week and can only have one movie you're able to watch, what movie do you choose and why?
Miner: “Bench Warmers.” It's a classic and never fails to make me laugh.
OSAAtoday: What's the funniest moment you remember from your childhood?
Miner: Hands down the funniest moment is the time a goat ate my homework. My family used to own fainting goats. We had one that lived in our house because we had to bottle feed it. The goat ate my homework. When the teacher asked me where it was I had to tell him my goat ate it. Let’s just say he didn't believe me.
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