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Ponca City’s Jasmine Sodowsky – Basketball Spotlight – Presented by Skyway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Ponca City

VYPE: What sports do you compete in and what activities are you involved in?
Jasmine: I play basketball for Ponca City High School. I also race motocross and play AAU basketball, so I compete pretty much year-round. Between basketball and motocross, I stay pretty busy with practices, games and my race schedule. We are away from home pretty much every weekend in the summer. My goal this year in motocross is to qualify again for the Loretta Lynn Nationals which is the largest amateur race in the nation.

VYPE: When and how did you first get into playing your sport?
Jasmine: As a third grader at First Lutheran, I played up on the fifth grade team. Amanda Cain saw that I was tall and athletic and that’s where it all started.

VYPE: What has your sport taught you that you use in your daily life?
Jasmine: Basketball has also taught me mental toughness. Whether it’s facing a tough opponent or dealing with a challenging situation in life, I’ve learned to keep pushing forward and not let setbacks define me.

VYPE: What is your favorite part about being on a team?
Jasmine: My favorite part of being on a team is the competitive environment. I put in a lot of work outside of regular practices, so I enjoy seeing how that all comes together when we are up against a tough competitor.

VYPE: What teammate has left the biggest impression on you?
Jasmine: Emma Gertken has left the biggest impression on me. I was an incoming Freshman last year and we really bonded throughout the season. She instantly made me feel like a part of the team and always lifted me up when I needed it.

VYPE: Which professional athlete do you look up to?
Jasmine: I greatly admire my dad, who had a career as a professional baseball player. His dedication to the sport and the hard work he put into reaching that level has always inspired me.

VYPE: What is the best advice that anyone has given you?
Jasmine: The best advice that anyone has given me is to believe in my abilities. This has helped build my confidence and grow as an athlete. Just knowing that someone
else believes in you will inspire you to try harder.

VYPE: You can pick any place for a summer vacation, where do you go and who do you take with you?
Jasmine: Fly to Bali for a couple of weeks with my closest friends and just relax on the beach.

VYPE: Here is your chance to give a shoutout or say thank you to anyone you wish.
Jasmine: I would like to give a shoutout to Coach Estrada. She is someone who has always believed in my abilities and has pushed me to get better.

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