March 13, 2009
Sarah Hassman, a local product from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, is already playing a major role for the Cardinal in her first year of collegiate competition. Coming in as one of the area's top prospects, Sarah has lived up to her billing. So far this season, she has started every game in center field, gunned down two runners from the outfield and been perfect defensively in 22 chances. Offensively, Sarah two is hitting .259, has scored 14 Cardinal runs and has tallied five stolen bases.
Being from the Bay Area did you ever come to Stanford softball games when you were younger? Camps?
I have actually been to quite a few Stanford camps. I remember going to my first one when I was 11. It was a weeklong camp that I really enjoyed but I never thought I would be able to go to a school like this. After that, I continued to do a few more camps and clinics between my sophomore and junior year, which was when I realized that I really wanted to go to Stanford.
Describe something that you're NOT good at.
I would have to say that I am not good at singing or dancing, those are two things I just stay away from. For my high school softball team we had an end of the year party where each class had to perform as the music group of their choice. My class decided to do the Spice Girls and I happened to be the only one who didn't know the words to the songs. We had to go up and do our dance/sing; needless to say it was a lot of fun, but not my area of expertise.
What was it like growing up with two brothers?
Growing up with a twin brother was great, he was always there for me and we had a lot of the same friends. You can tell that he is my brother but most people wouldn't guess that we are twins. He is tall, has blond hair, blue eyes, and he can tan. I would have to say that my two brothers and I are very close because my older brother is just a year older than us, so we went through a lot of the same things together. My brothers and I didn't always get along so we got our aggressions out while we were on our trampoline. One day when we were fighting my brother and I took it a little too far and he happened to hit me right in the mouth and knocked out my two front teeth. Let's just say, I had a huge gap in my mouth for a long time.
Is there anything you're "addicted to" or spend a lot of time doing?
I would have to say that I am addicted to chocolate. No matter how I feel, chocolate will make me that much happier. It doesn't matter if I eat so much at dinner that I feel sick, when it comes to a chocolate dessert, I always have room for it. Maya Burns shares this same obsession with chocolate, but for her it's dark chocolate. I am more of a milk chocolate person.
Do you have any hidden talents?
A hidden talent I have is that I can ride a unicycle. When my brothers and I were younger we all decided that we wanted to learn how to ride a unicycle. After we got three unicycles my brothers and I spent the next few days trying to see who could ride the farthest before falling. Both of my brothers got up and were able to do it after their first few tries. For me on the other hand, I was quite a bit shorter than my brothers and couldn't reach the pedals as well. I remember getting so frustrated because my brothers would purposefully ride in front of me just to get me mad. A few days after getting the unicycle I was finally able to ride it up and down the street.
You said one of your hobbies is playing guitar. How long have you been doing that?
I love playing the guitar, but I wouldn't say I am good at it. It all started with my older brother playing the drums and my twin brother playing the piano. I didn't want to feel left out so I decided I wanted to play the guitar. I used to take lessons when I was little and had the time, but now playing my guitar consists of looking up tabs online to some of my favorite songs and learning how to play them. This summer, I am hoping to spend a lot more time with my guitar and maybe even bring it to school with me next year.
You said you like camping, backpacking, etc. Where is your favorite place to go or favorite place that you have been?
I haven't been backpacking enough to have a favorite place to go yet, but I love to go camping at Yosemite. The one part of Yosemite that I could spend the whole day at is Rainbow pools. You can either sit by the water and relax or jump off these 35 foot rocks into the water down below; it is extremely fun. I really enjoy backpacking because it gives me a chance to really reflect on everything and just relax. Who wouldn't want to be in the great outdoors enjoying the fresh air? What I am really looking forward to is setting up a backpacking trip with Shannon [Koplitz] which will hopefully take place sometime soon. The Lost Coast maybe?