Meet the Athlete: Anissa Janzig

Published 9:34 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

United South Central sophomore Anissa Janzig stands Tuesday in front of the Rebels mascot along the wall of the bleachers in the gym. Janzig scored 16 points, 15 rebounds and two steals in the Jan. 18 game against Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton. --Heather Rule/Albert Lea Tribune

Q: What year are you in school?

A: Sophomore.


Q: What school do you attend?

A: United South Central.

Q: Who is in your immediate family?

A: My mother, Tami; my dad, Jonathan; and my brother, Jordan, 21.

Q: What sports are you involved in?

A: Volleyball, basketball and track.

Q: What number are you?

A: No. 12.

Q: How did you get started in basketball?

A: Ever since I was a kid, I just liked watching it, I liked to play it. I knew I wanted to be a basketball player. So in third grade, I joined our school’s program. I’ve loved it ever since.

Q: What other extracurriculuar activities are you involved in?

A: Kids for a Cure, student government and my church’s youth group.

Q: Did your parents play sports when they were younger?

A: My mom was a three-sport athlete, too. She played basketball, volleyball and softball. And my dad played basketball.

Q: Did your brother play any sports?

A: No, he was not in sports.

Q: What are your sports-related achievements?

A: I’ve been Academic All-Conference since seventh-grade track in all of my seasons, all my sports. And Academic All-State in track and All-Conference in volleyball and track. And, volleyball my freshman year I was Most Improved Player and then my sophomore year Best Offensive and Most Valuable. And I’ve also been in the state True Team track meet for two years now.

Q: What are your sports-related goals?

A: For volleyball, I really want to step it up and improve not only my hitting, but also I want to be a better all-around player. I want to help my team be more successful and go far. I’d also really love to go far individually in volleyball as well. I would love to play college ball; that’s my biggest dream.

Basketball, right now, I just want everybody to finish the season injury-free. But I also want to improve in all the aspects of the game and just help my team to be successful in the seasons to come.

For track, I also really want to improve a lot this year. I want to contribute to the team as much as I can, because I would really love to see us get back to state True Team and do well there.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?

A: Kerri Walsh. I’ve loved watching her ever since I was little. She’s such an inspirational player. She brings so much energy and fun to the court every time she steps on it. And she’s a great athlete. She never gives up on anything.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: English. I love reading and writing. It comes very naturally to me.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

A: Kara Christianson, my biology teacher. She’s very sarcastic and we have kind of the same personality, so we get along well.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I don’t really have that many outside of sports. But I like to go shopping and hang out with my friends and eat. And I love to read. The “Hunger Games” and the “Twilight” saga are my absolute favorites.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: I haven’t really put much thought into it. Maybe like an interior designer or something.

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?

A: My favorite movies are the “Hunger Games,” “Breaking Dawn Part II” and “Pitch Perfect.” My favorite TV show is probably “River Monsters” and “Tosh.0.”

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: I like Nutella, chocolate and pastas and bread.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I’m addicted to Nutella. I go through like two or three jars a week. I have a problem.

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