A coach’s dream is how Union volleyball coach Krystin McPhail described sophomore Sabrina Newkirk.
“She has a heart of gold, wants to get better, has a great attitude and leads by example,” said McPhail of Newkirk.
The 15-year-old plays volleyball and softball for the Spartans, bringing a positive outlook on life with her that seems to rub off on her teammates.
In volleyball she is a defensive specialist who makes dives all over the floor trying to keep the ball alive.
“Volleyball is definitely my favorite sport without a doubt. When I learn something new in practice, it makes me feel good when I get on the court and accomplish it during a game,” asserted Newkirk. “I’d love to play travel ball year-round, but my mom says it’s just not feasible year-round.”
McPhail is her favorite coach.
“She takes the sport seriously and shows us what we do wrong and the way to fix it,” said Newkirk.
In softball, Newkirk plays first base and is very quick on the bases.
She not only has athletic ability, but academically she’s top notch with a 4.0 GPA.
“I hope to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and go into the medical field,” noted Newkirk. “At this time I’m unsure.”
Science is her favorite subject and her favorite teacher is Alyssa Neimeyer, a physical science teacher.
“She makes learning fun and I just love being a student in her class,” said Newkirk.
During the summer, before the down time all but goes away with academics and athletics, she still stays active by swimming and riding four-wheelers with her brother Darren, 12. Their parents Tommy and Melissa Newkirk own T&M Aerial Sprayer, which uses a plane to spray crops. Their family owns Newkirk Machine Shop and Welding. They attend Friendship Holiness Church between Garland and White Lake.
“My mom is my rock,” the Union sophomore said. “If anything goes wrong or I’m having a bad day, I know I can count on her to make me feel better. She’s my best friend.”
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-2127.Reach