Amesbury native Sarah Dupere is in the midst of her fourth season as a starter on The Governor’s Academy field hockey team. This season, the senior ranks second on the Govs (3-4-1) with three goals.
For the past three springs, Dupere has been the ace for the Govs softball team. Over three seasons, she has pitched the Govs to a cumulative record of 48-6 with three Independent School League titles. Last spring, the Govs had their first undefeated season in Dupere’s tenure.
Dupere answered a few questions for The Daily News yesterday afternoon.
How is your field hockey season going?
“I think we’ve been doing a lot better than people expected. Our team is the most athletic we’ve had since I’ve been here. We don’t have many field hockey players, but we have athletes, and I think that’s showed.”
Have you been happy with your own play?
“I think we need to work on our offense, finishing in the circle. One of our top scorers, Elena Driscoll, is out with an injury. When she gets back, that will help.”
How has it been different taking the field as one of the older players?
“It’s really different being an upperclassman. I always try to be a leader on the field, but being a senior is so much better. The younger kids look up to you.”
What’s the best thing about The Governor’s Academy?
“I love the sense of small community. Everybody knows everybody. I love all of the challenging classes. I love being on the sports teams. It’s something I couldn’t experience anywhere else.”
Are you a day student, or do you board on campus?
“I’m a day student. It’s 15 minutes away, so I drive to school.”
Have you decided on a school for next year?
“I had a lot of visits this summer. I’m not 100 percent sure where I’m going yet.”
Where are you planning to apply?
“Gettysburg College, Trinity College, Union College, schools like that.”
Will you play field hockey or softball in college?
“I’m not 100 percent sure if I want to play in college, but I want to go to a school where I could play softball, so it’s an option.”
The field hockey team has a number of local players — Cassie Hanlon from Rowley, and Kylie Coffey, Hannah Quin and Abby Bashaw from West Newbury. How do you like that?
“Usually our teams are composed of people from all different states that I didn’t know before coming here. I knew Kiley, I’d heard of Cassie and Hannah. We’re a lot closer because we have the same experiences with field hockey. It’s helped our team bond.”
What type of music do you listen to before a game?
“I love country music.”
What is your typical pregame meal?
“I love peanut butter, so anything with peanut butter.”
What’s your favorite TV show?
“I have no idea.”
Who’s your favorite musical artist?
“Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.”
Who’s your favorite professional athlete?
What type of cleats do you wear?