Badminton Captains: Sohum Hulyalkar, Chris Clemm, & Anneline Pederson
Interviewed by Jessica Blough
Produced by Sophie Kroesche
Jessica Blough (JB): Hello, LGHS. I’m Jessica Blough, and I’m here with Sohum Hulyalkar, Chris Clemm, and Anneline Pederson, who are your 2017 badminton captains. They’re here to give you a little preview of what’s to come in their season. Thank you for being here.
All: Thanks for having us.
JB: So guys, you have to be leaders on the team. Who are your role models, as leaders? They can be alive, dead, or fictional.
CC: I look up to Mr. Bollhorst as a role model, because he was my English teacher last year. He’s a really great guy.
SH: I look up to Mr. Dan Burns, he never makes any mistakes and he teaches physics really well.
AP: I look up to my parents.
CC: That’s a good answer.
JB: What is the most crucial character trait of a badminton player?
AP: Being really friendly and nice to all the players.
CC: You need to like boba a lot, because we get lots of boba.
SH: You need to be talented, because winning matters.
JB: What are your aspirations for this season?
SH: Winning at least two games.
AP: Just to have a lot of fun.
CC: Uh, beating Gunn High School, because they’re good.
JB: What are your deepest badminton-related fears?
SH: Getting bageled.
CC: Which means scoring zero points against the other team.
JB: Do you guys have a pre-match routine?
SH: We usually start off by doing clears, then net-drops, then drops, then smashes. And then we just start rallying.
CC: When Sohum and I were partners, we’d roll up our right sleeve when we played.
AP: We also do stretches before the matches.
JB: What is a badminton player’s favorite snack?
CC: Boba and victory.
JB: Who are your predicted MVPs on the team this year?
AP: Grace Sells.
SH: Cameron Sootodeh.
JB: Can you describe the feeling of euphoria when you win a badminton match?
SH: It’s an indescribable feeling.
CC: I feel bad for anyone who can’t experience winning a badminton game.
AP: I just feel really happy and relieved.
JB: A common belief is that anyone can be on the badminton team. What do you guys have to say about that?
SH: Well, this year, we cut a record high of 17 boys on the team, so it’s a very prestigious sport, not many people make the team. Only the elite can play.
CC: It wasn’t a record high. Last year was more.
SH: We urge many people to come out year after year, it’s a very fun and rewarding sport.
JB: What does it take to be an elite badminton player?
SH: You have to have a love for the sport. You can’t just play because your friends tell you to play, or you want PE credit. You have to have a desire to improve, and you want to make the people around you better as well.
JB: What would be your advice to anyone hoping to play badminton?
SH: Anybody can play, it’s a great sport, it doesn’t take much to become great. You just have to play, respect the team, and you have to have a love for the sport.
JB: Do you guys have a problem with respect?
CC: Don’t try to overthrow the coach. That doesn’t go well.
JB: So are you guys worried that drama will affect your team dynamic this year?
SH: I think it enhances the team dynamic, makes us stronger.
CC: Yeah, we’ve overcome that, now we’re just a stronger team.
AP: There’s not that much drama anymore.
SH: Who knows?
JB: What are you guys most looking forward to?
AP: Being together with the team and having a lot of fun at matches.
SH: The practices are gonna be fun, the games are going to be even more fun, I just want to see the team build and improve throughout the year.
JB: Anything to add?
SH: Come watch the badminton games, they’re pretty intense, like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
JB: Thank you guys for being here! Come out and support your LGHS badminton team as their matches start at the beginning of March.