Editor’s note: In the first of many college interviews to come, Hometown Sports editor Kenny Varner caught up with King’s College player and former Juniata Indians player MacKenzie Bennett. Enjoy!
HS: How did you feel when you got the official word that you were selected?
MB: I was very happy and grateful for the opportunity I was given to play at King’s.
HS: What was your experience like heading on campus for the first time at the school?
MB: It was intimidating but once I adjusted it felt like home.
HS: How does it feel to be playing at the next level ?
MB: It is something I have always dreamed of since I was a little girl and being able to pursue the dream makes me beyond happy and grateful.
HS: I know it’s early but do you have a major in mind?
MB: I am currently in the 5 year accelerated Physician Assistant program.
HS: Who has been big influences in your basketball career?
MB: My parents, Victoria Varner and Kevin Kodish.
HS: What age did you start playing basketball?
MB: I started playing basketball whenever I was 3 years old.
HS: What is your favorite sports memory that you cherish during high school?
MB: My favorite memory was reaching my goal of getting 1000 points.
HS: What would you say is you biggest strength on the Court?
MB: My basketball IQ which helps make good plays on and off the court.
HS: What are your individual goals for the upcoming season?
MB: To be a reliable player that my coach can trust.
HS: How has the season gone for you so far?
MB: I had exceeded my expectations of how I thought I was going to compete.
HS: How’s the team doing?
MB: The outcome of the games have not been what we have wanted but we still play our hearts out and are improving game by game.
HS: What are your goals for your college tenure? Could be athletics and/or education wise?
MB: My goal is to succeed on the basketball court and maintain good grades so I can continue pursuing my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant.
HS: Biggest college moment so far?
MB: Successfully juggling basketball and classes.
HS: What advice would you give to any younger athlete starting basketball?
MB: Always push yourself to be the best player you can be and set goals that are within reach.