Wittman named Athlete of Year third straight time
Quinn Wittman was born and raised to be a Salisbury High School student-athlete. Growing up watching her older brothers compete as Falcons, she dreamed of one day wearing the blue and white herself and finding success.
Over the last four years, success did come to Wittman as the recent Salisbury graduate was a standout on the soccer field and the basketball court. And for the third year in a row, Wittman was named the Salisbury Press Female Athlete of the Year.
“Ever since my two older brothers started to play sports at Salisbury, I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps,” said Wittman. “Being a student-athlete here at Salisbury has always been special to me. Playing both soccer and basketball all four years of high school created memories that I’ll never forget.
“I am extremely grateful to play alongside my best friends, girls I played in SYA with, and being supported by family is something to be thankful for. Also, having the best coaches (Coach Babyak, DeOlivera, Reichenbach and Basile) along with the best athletic trainers (both Julies) have helped me tremendously during my time as a student-athlete at Salisbury.”
Wittman was All-Colonial League in soccer and was a leading scorer for Salisbury in basketball as a dual-sport athlete. She was the basketball team’s leader in scoring, assists and steals for all four years of her career, finishing with 820 points. She led the soccer team with nine goals before an injury midway through the season ended her senior soccer season. She scored 46 goals and assisted on 25 in her soccer career.
She has been playing both sports since a young age and credits her competitive drive from her two brothers pushing her.
“I have been playing soccer since I was six years old and basketball since I was in elementary school,” Wittman said. “Being tough and having a drive to compete are two of the many attributes I learned from my brothers and apply in both sports. In soccer, being creative and taking care of the ball on the field help me. In basketball, having speed and vision on the court help me excel.”
Wittman’s next chapter will be as a student-athlete at the University of Scranton. She will be on the women’s soccer team and pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. Like Salisbury, Scranton is a smaller campus and near the top of its conference in soccer every year.
“At Scranton, I was accepted into the five-and-a-half-year master’s program for occupational therapy,” said Wittman. “I then plan to get my doctorate and specialize in pediatrics. I’m excited to finally be on campus and face new challenges on the field and in the classroom.”
Being around the Salisbury community for so many years will have many emotions for Wittman as she heads on to college.
“Bittersweet,” said Wittman on graduating. “The close-knit feeling from being with your friends in the classroom to out on the field and/or court is truly special. I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything else. Being out of the field, under the lights, and on the court surrounded by family and friends are the best memories being made that I’ll cherish forever.”