FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Miranda Bieghler, South Putnam
Miranda Bieghler is a senior volleyball and basketball player at South Putnam.
Banner Graphic: How long have you been playing sports, and how important are sports to you?
Miranda Bieghler: “I’ve been playing basketball since first grade. I started playing volleyball in seventh grade. They have been a big aspect of my life. The team aspect of sports is the best part of it for me.”
BG: Winning the basketball sectional championship last year had to be one of the highlights of your career. Talk about that a little bit.
MB: “That was a really awesome night that I will never forget. That was really awesome to see everyone come together as a team and do whatever it took to win. And we did it. It was just an awesome experience that we hope to do again. I think it brought more attention to us, and made us more motivated getting ready for this year wanting to do it again.”
BG: What kinds of things do you at school that are not sports-related?
MB: “I’m in Student Council, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, a county-wide group called CYCLE and anything that I can do.”
BG: What kinds of things do you like to do outside of school?
MB: “I like watching movies. ‘Hoosiers’ is one of my favorite ones. I watch Netflix, and ‘Criminal Minds’ is one of my favorite shows on it. I listen to all kinds of music, from country to rap and hip-hop. I like just about anything.”
BG: What are you plans for after high school?
MB: “I will go to college, and I’m looking at Manchester right now. I want to play basketball and major in elementary education. All my teachers have really inspired me, and I have always wanted to be a teacher. It seems like a great opportunity to inspire little kids and make them to be better people both in school and in life.”
BG: Have you been able to work with younger kids through your classes at South Putnam?
MB: “I am a teacher’s assistant in sixth grade, and I tutor a lot of elementary school kids.”
BG: What is something you have never done before that you would like to do someday. ?
MB: “Ziplining. It seems like an awesome experience. I would also like to travel someday.”
BG: What is your greatest fear?
MB: “Haunted houses and scary things like that. I won’t go to any of them.”
BG: What are your favorite and least favorite foods?
MB: “My least favorite is beans. I don’t like any kinds. I have a lot of favorite foods. I like chicken, macaroni and fruit.”
BG: You went to Cascade as a younger student, then came to South Putnam. Has that change worked out well for you?
MB: “Yes. I like it a lot here. The atmosphere here is really great, and it’s great to get to meet new people.”
BG: When you’re older, do you want to live in Indiana or do you have thoughts of moving somewhere far away?
MB: “I want to stay somewhere in Indiana, especially to coach basketball. Basketball in Indiana is like nowhere else.”
BG: Do you have any pets?
MB: “I have two Doberman Pinscher dogs, Daga and Manzy. They are the cutest things. They are indoor dogs, and we’ve had them since they were little puppies That was awesome to watch them grow up. They are very protective of us, but the rest of the time they are just big teddy bears.”
BG: Do you have a favorite subject in school?
MB: “Math, and I also like history a lot. My coaches have been a very big help to me. It helps that they work here, also, so I can go to them throughout the day for whatever I need.”
BG: Do you have any goals for the rest of your senior year, besides repeating the sectional title?
MB: “I would like to get my 1,000th point. I have about 850 right now, so I should be able to get it about mid-season. That’s pretty exciting.”