Fort Frye senior standout Brooke Borich will be playing for Kentucky Wesleyan next season.
College: Kentucky Wesleyan, NCAA Division II (signed last November and is getting a full ride)
Major: biology; physician assistant program
Family: Mark and Cathy (dad and mom) Borich; younger sister Morgan (7th grader)
Question: What are your individual and team goals for your senior season?
Answer: I don't really have any individual goal, except for being a leader on the team. I just want to be able to help out the girls in any way I can.
Last year, we went to the Final Four in Columbus, and we of course would like to go back there.
Q: Getting to the Final Four last season had to have been a great experience. Even though Fort graduated some pretty good players from that team, this year's squad hasn't really skipped a beat. Currently, the Lady Cadets are ranked in the Top 10 in Ohio Division III. Do you feel like the team has a target on its back this winter?
A: I think it's going to be a challenge, because there are a lot of pretty good teams out there. We just need to keep our heads on straight, and take it one game at a time in the playoffs.
Q: You're a four-year letterwinner, and have earned a number of accolades (all-district, all PVC). Name a couple of career highlights for me.
A: My biggest highlight was going and playing in the state tournament last season. That was such a big thrill playing at Ohio State University. It was a lot of fun. I'm a big Ohio State fan anyways.
Another personal highlight came in the district final against West Muskingum last year. We were struggling in that game, and a play was set up for me just before the half. Well, after I hit a three on that play to give us the halftime lead, we came alive in the second half.
Q: What's it like to play for legendary basketball coach Dan Liedtke?
A: It's been a good experience. He used to coach the boys, and I think he's a little harder on us - and that's good. He keeps us focused and mentally tough.
Q: Who has impacted your basketball career and influenced you the most?
A: My mom.* She's coached and taught me everything I know about basketball since I was little. She has this love and passion for the game. She's motivated me, and I always want her to be proud of me. She and my dad have always been there for me.
*Cathy Clark Borich, Brooke's mom, is a Marietta College Hall of Fame basketball player. She is considered one of the greatest players to have ever competed in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Q: What do you do when not playing basketball?
A: I met Shawntell Parsons, the other senior on the team, in the sixth grade, and we're best of friends. We're real close. I just like hanging out with Shawntell and my other friends.
I also like to sit out on the porch (during warmer weather) and reading. Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors.
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