Genuine strength

Allison Gida loves sports. The 17-year old Ashland High junior is passionate about basketball, water polo and anything that challenges her athletic abilities. Gida, a point guard for the girls' basketball team, was instrumental in her team's undefeated Southern Sky Conference campaign. "I just love the game," said Gida. The only thing she adores more than sports is her family.

Gida's father Stan, a wrestling coach, is a proud parent and also a sports enthusiast. "Allison's been going to wrestling matches with me since she was 5 years old. I love sharing that with her. She is a great kid. She's extremely loyal to her friends and her family. Allison's word is her bond. I can honestly say, she has never caused us a moment's problem," said her father.

Gida's basketball coach Tom McCracken is struck by both her physical strength and her strength of character. "She is one of the strongest girls, one of the strongest athletes, I've ever known. Her sheer physical strength is amazing and she works hard. She's a leader. She is also a very good kid, bright, respectful and nice," said McCracken. Gida spoke with the Daily Tidings about basketball, her future plans and her family.

DT: What are your favorite subjects in school?

AG: Right now, it's math. It's pretty easy and I like solving equations. I haven't always been good at it, but I like it.

DT: What do you like to do outside of school?

AG: I'm usually doing a sport, or I hang out with my friends, do my homework. I also have a job that I do in the spring, so I can have money to pay for spring and summer basketball. I mainly play water polo and basketball, but basketball is nearly year around, winter, spring and summer.

DT: How long have you been playing sports?

AG: Since I was a little girl. I've done every sport: soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball.

DT: What do you like the most about basketball?

AG: Being with my friends, and making a really nice play or move and the crowd goes wild. It is just really fun.

DT: What do you like the least?

AG: The refs. I feel they are unfair sometimes and I don't like fouling out or losing when I know we could have won.

DT: Do you have trouble balancing school and your outside interests?

AG: Sometimes I do. Usually we have basketball after school, and since we don't have a gym right now, we have to get whatever time is available for us to practice. Sometimes by the time we're done, it is so late at night that I don't get my homework done. That's bad, but I try to get it done or do as much as I can at school. Lately, I've been able to get it done.

DT: What do you want to do after you graduate high school?

AG: I want to go to college and play basketball in college, but as a career I don't know yet. I'm leaning toward school in Utah. I've visited U of O also, but I haven't really looked at a lot of colleges.

DT: Talk about something you have done that makes you proud.

AG: Going to state. I was really proud of how well we did, and getting on first team for all-conference and second team all-state. I think I worked really hard for those two awards.

DT: Talk about something challenging in your life.

AG: Chemistry is really hard. That has been a challenge.

DT: Talk about someone at school you admire.

AG: Natalie DeCarlo has become a really good friend. She's good at school and she's good at sports as well. She is funny, nice and good at everything.

DT: Tell us about someone in your family who makes you proud.

AG: My mom. She is going back to school and working half time and taking care of us. Plus she is doing a sort of internship for psychology at the same time. Also I'm proud of my dad. He's working hard and getting his personal trainer certificate. I'm so proud of them both.

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