Editor’s note: This is a regular feature profiling senior athletes at Bryant High School.
NAME: Shelby Gartrell
PARENTS: Stormy Gartrell and Jennifer Gartrell
SIBLINGS: I have an older brother, Blaine Gartrell, and a twin sister, Bailey Gartrell.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: Probably Math
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? Anything outdoors. I like to go to the lake and to fish.
FAVORITE FOOD: Chinese
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Rascal Flatts and Hunter Hays[more]
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Notebook
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Rookie Blue
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A KID? I didn’t really have a toy. I’d probably say anything outdoors.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? To go to college and become a Nurse Anesthetist. I’m thinking about ASU.
OTHER THAN YOUR PARENTS, WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE? Probably my older brother because he’s always been there for me in everything and he’s a really good role model.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SOCCER: My favorite thing is all the girls because we’re just like a big family and I can trust every one of them because they’re all my friends.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE IS YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY ON THE FIELD? Scoring or looking for opportunities to score like a drop ball back to the midfield or a pass out to the wings, just trying to get the ball in the back of the net.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SEASON SO FAR? I think the season’s going really well. I think we’re going to have a really good shot at State. This year, we’re really good at passing. I think we’re going to do very well at State.
WHEN THE TEAM’S PLAYING WELL, WHAT’S IT DOING? It’s usually when we’re talking and we’re communicating with each other.
WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE TEAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL THE REST OF THE SEASON? To work hard in practice like we do and push each other and communicate with each other, letting everybody know that we have each other’s back and just work together as a team.
INDIVIDUALLY, WHAT ABOUT YOUR GAME ARE YOU MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT? With my speed; having a lot of speed, it’s a lot easier to outrun people.
WHAT DO YOU WORK HARDEST TO IMPROVE? I’ve been working hard on getting my left foot stronger because it’s not near as strong as my right foot.
AFTER YOU'RE THROUGH PLAYING SOCCER AT BHS, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL REMEMBER MOST FONDLY ABOUT IT? All the good friends I’ve made.