SHEBOYGAN — Time to get your game face on.
Each week, we will chat with an area high school athlete about why they got involved in sports, what their favorite sports memories are and much more.
Get to Know: Emma Belmore
School: Sheboygan North High School
Sport(s): Basketball and soccer
Favorite sport of those?
Growing up, it was always basketball but since then it's kind of shifted to soccer. I think it's because my freshman year we went to state, so that made me like it a little more.
Why did you get involved with sports?
My one brother is about 10 years older and the other is about six years older, and I went to every single game. My dad was the coach, so I grew up in the gym watching them play.
What do you like to do outside of school/sports?
This year I started snowboarding, and I'm having so much fun with that. I work at Sports Core, so I tend to keep myself busy between school, work and sports. I also love traveling.
Where are your favorite snowboard spots?
Granite Peak is probably the best, and that's only about two and a half hours away. It's hard in the midwest. Recently I went up to my friend's cabin in the U.P. and it was a lot of fun.
Favorite sports memory?
I think it would have to be my freshman year soccer going to state. That was probably the happiest time of my life.
Any pre-game rituals?
This year I've played every single game with my hair in the same exact bun and pre-wrap, but there's nothing else besides the hairstyle. I just don't like playing in ponytails—but I guess maybe I might be a little superstitious when it comes to that. Before every game I also listen to "Shallow" by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, surprisingly. I don't know why but that just gets me in the zone.
Favorite sports team or athlete?
Since I was really little, my dad has always been a fan of the Louisville men's basketball team. It was on all the time, so I became a fan of that too. When I was in middle school, there was a basketball camp with two of the players that were on the team when they won the national title, and I was so excited. I went to that a few years in a row.
How has this season been for you after tearing your ACL the other week?
Obviously it has been very devastating playing these sports my whole life and suddenly I just can't. Especially since I'm a senior, it's weird thinking I'll never play a high school game again. But with any adversity, you learn a lot. I'm excited to get to that point where I see it as a learning opportunity instead of something horrible happening. I still want to be there for my teammates and encourage them and have as much fun from the sidelines as I can.
I got my MRI done (last week), and I'll be scheduled for surgery for Feb. 11 or 18 probably. Then I'll have to rehab for twice a week for a month and go from there.
What are your plans after graduation?
Right now, I'm thinking of going to La Crosse and majoring in chemistry and minoring in Spanish. I'm looking to become a PA or eventually a nurse practitioner. I've always wanted to go into the medical field. I've gone on mission trips and really like the feeling of helping people. My brother is in med school right now and tells me a lot of stories and whatnot and he really enjoys it.