Q & A ... with Freedom’s Mayson Panik
Freedom senior boys lacrosse player Mayson Panik will be attending Kutztown and majoring in communications.
1. Now that the news of the spring season being over has had time sink in, what are your thoughts or emotions about not being able to play your senior year?
“With the news that the season is canceled it really ruined my spring. I am still a new athlete to the lacrosse community, and I fell in love with the game as soon as I stepped on the field.
2. What were you looking forward to the most this season?
“I was looking forward to being there for my team and growing with them. Last year I missed lax day because I am in the Army National guard and we had a drill scheduled for the same day, so I couldn’t attend so this year I was really looking forward to that day.”
3. What activity do you find yourself doing the most during quarantine?
“I find myself doing ground balls in my backyard a lot. My backyard is a hill so I tend to go out back and just roll balls down it. Also at my moms we have a new bounce back so I try to pass to myself for at least an hour when I am there.”
4. What do you miss most about normal life?
“I miss hanging out at lacrosse practice. We would always have fun and games were always a rush of adrenaline.”
5. If you had the choice to be stuck at home with any teammate(s) during this quarantine, who would they be and why?
“It would be BC or also known as Christian Williamson. He is the best person to be around. He always knows how to make the team laugh and makes games and practices fun.”
6. Can you name your favorite movie, show or series you’ve watched over the past months?
“I don’t really watch TV shows or series; they never really drew me in. I like to try to stay outside or as any high school teenager plays video games.”
7. What’s the worst part about being stuck at home?
“I hate not being able to work out, being locked inside I feel like I can’t do anything. The gyms are closed and I don’t have a weight set so I’m stuck doing a lot of cardio activities.”
8. What’s the first thing you want to do once this quarantine is over?
“I want to see the gym and my girlfriend. The gym will be a whole day experience. I am going to push myself and then the next day to hang out with my girlfriend because I haven’t been able to see her at all during this quarantine.
9. Can you tell your favorite sports story about yourself, your team or your teammates over the years?
“My favorite sports story is when Max threw Dale into a snow mound, and then on Saturday coach Fabrizio came to practice and conditioned us for three hours. He made us do bear crawls up a hill forward and backward than a duck walks up and back, also rolling up a hill and down a hill with many more exercises. That day was horrible but I feel like it made me stronger and made me bond with the team on how much we hated doing those conditioning drills.”
10. What lesson(s) have you learned throughout this whole process?
“Being in the military you learn everything is a privilege and can easily get taken away. It has happened in my life twice now, so hopefully everyone realizes that we all need to work together to make this place better. A small group can make a big difference in helping this coronavirus outbreak.”