Athlete Spotlight: Will Mason and Sabrina Granata
Story and graphics by Tommy Briner, senior
Will Mason is a senior soccer player. He’s played soccer every year at Westminster, and he wants to see his team finish better than they ever have in his final chance to do it.
“I want to see the team have a positive record, and I really would like us to go farther in Districts and hopefully win,” he said.
So far, varsity soccer is doing it. They have an 8-5 record on the year, with four losses coming between Priory and John Burroughs, the top-ranked team in the state. The other loss came to perennial power St. Dominic. Two weeks ago, the Wildcats were ranked ninth in Class 3 for the state.
The strong start to the season comes somewhat as a surprise as the program lost a lot of firepower from last year’s team, but the Wildcats are tough to play due to their strong defense and close relationships. As a senior, Will is an important contributor to this unique team culture.
“My favorite thing about the team off of the soccer field is how all of the guys are good friends with each other. We talk in the hallways and hang out on the weekends, and guys from every grade talk to each other. It’s great for our team chemistry,” he said.
Off the field, Will is an extrovert who’s involved in a variety of activities. He’s a youth group member at Kirk of the Hills, a Student Council officer, and has been working at Chick-Fil-A for two years. In school, he enjoys Spanish class and last summer he took a trip to Spain with the school.
“I love Spanish class. The language comes easily to me, so it makes for a really fun time. Another great thing about Spanish is that most of the classes usually have kids from different grades in them, so it’s a really good opportunity to get to know underclassmen.”
Will has important goals for the future of the school. As a Student Council officer, he’s trying to use his platform to affect change.
“I want Westminster to be as good as it possibly can be, and I want to be one of the people that pushes it in that direction. I enjoy trying to solve problems and I like hearing people’s complaints so I can help solve them. I love this school and the people in it, so why not try and help make it better?”
Will is using his platform and his skills to bring people together from different groups and different grades, listen to problems, and create solutions. He will most definitely leave Westminster better than he found it.
Senior Sabrina Granata is a three-sport athlete, participating in field hockey, swim, and lacrosse.
Her field hockey team’s goal for the season is to make the “Sweet 16” during this year’s state lacrosse tournament.
Sabrina is one of the few athletes at Westminster that are eligible for the “Iron Wildcat” award, given to students who compete in a sport during every season of their high school career.
Other than being involved in three different sports at Westminster, she’s also involved in youth group at Incarnate Word and does a lot of babysitting to make money. She is an FCA leader, and her contagious laugh can be heard from just about anywhere.
She’s well known on all of her teams as the person who gets the whole team energized and excited to play games. She leads a chant in huddles before field hockey games and can be seen yelling encouragements from the goal or on the sideline at her lacrosse games.
She is one of the most social students walking Westminster’s halls.
“I love being busy and getting to know new people. If there is an opportunity to form relationships with people and have fun, then I am available,” she said.
Sabrina attributes her outspokenness and friendliness to her Italian roots, but she also simply loves life. She says that she loves challenges and getting to know her teachers.
Sabrina is a friendly face in the halls and a person that makes the days of those around her better by just being herself.