By: Sinavaiana Aiolupotea
Senior student at Cyprus High, Eva Huber, plays on the girls basketball team. Not only is she a player, but an all star tennis player, sterling student and SBO! Now can we get a load of that? Eva is a very hard working student who’s very determined to follow her dreams. An inspiration to many and bright at heart.
How did you get started with basketball and why do you do it?
I started basketball in sixth grade. I played on Jr. Jazz, I was really bad. I liked it more in junior high because basketball pushes me more to do things that I didn’t think I could do. There’s always a practice or game where you learn something new and it’s that feeling that gets me going.
Is it hard managing school, work, and basketball? How do you do it?
Oh yeah, it’s crazy! I have a future planner, it’s like the full sized calendar. I stay organized by writing things down. I need to do each day and try to take it one day at a time so I don’t get so stressed out. It wears on you a lot, because I have so many crazy AP classes. It’s so stressful, you know? Sometimes it gets really hard and I get behind in schoolwork which sometimes I feel like I also then get behind in basketball. But you just have to keep trying and balance it.
Do you plan on continuing basketball after high school? Explain
Well, I don’t think I’m good enough to go to college for it, but I’d definitely play intramural college for the rest of my life, but yeah, not for college.
What do you like about your team?
I love my team. Basketball can be really strenuous because it’s such a long season and I feel like that’s the hardest part about basketball, but being with a team for four months, you get to bond with them. You spend literally more time with them than you do with your family and so they become like family. Basketball brings the worst in you and in your teammates, but then you both can work together to improve.
What makes you proud of CHS and your team?
My dad went to CHS and I love that I get to fall into his footsteps, in fact my sister, aunts, uncles, everybody went to Cyprus. Cyprus is part of my family history, that gives me a lot of pride to say that I walked the same hall as my dad walked and play on the court that he played on.
How has this sport impacted you?
It taught me that when you work hard, it takes a little while to see the improvements. But eventually if you keep working hard, it´ll pay off in the end. In basketball you see a lot of long term results, because the first couple of weeks it’s the same thing and you feel you’re not getting better. But if you stay consistent and continuously work hard the results will show and you´ll see improvements.
Who is someone in basketball you look up to and why?
Okay so this is weird, but when I was younger we used to go to the University of Utah to watch women’s basketball because we got free tickets with these family passes. We used to go every Saturday. There was this one player, her name was Wendy. She was never the star player on the team. She was like the back up post, and I thought, “Oh I could be like her because I’m skinny and I’m not the tallest post.”
When you felt like quitting whether in a game or quitting the sport entirely, what kept you going?
Like I said earlier, the hard thing about basketball is that it’s such a long season. Like in my sophomore year I sprained my ankle and played on it prematurely, I got tendinitis and had to sit out the second half of that season. It was so frustrating because I actually got varsity minutes and ended up hurting it more before Christmas break. It was so humiliating to admit that the pain was too much and you know, you want to act tough and keep playing but it got to the point where I couldn’t play anymore. Admitting it and going to physical therapy made it hard for me to want to keep playing. But I came back the next season and I was able to start the first game and it motivated me to keep pushing and compete.
If you could give any advice to another fellow student trying out for basketball for the first time, what would it be?
Don’t give up. It’s a long season and it’ll start to wear you out, but don’t give up. Stay consistent, keep working hard because you won’t see the results in the beginning but staying consistent the results will show. Don’t give up!
How has Covid affected you while doing this sport?
It was hard to not practice. Last season we ended and then the lockdown happened. I also play tennis, so I wasn’t able to attend some open gyms during the summer. I was just missing a lot of practices/open gyms than I normally do. That was hard, but the hardest part was playing this season and having the new rules. Like wearing masks while practicing, that has been really hard for me. I also had Covid during Christmas break and it was so hard to come back after and get back in shape. I was so tired and I could hardly breathe, it was a