Q-and-A with Ryan Petersen, Stagg water polo
April 7, 2013 7:22PM
Ryan Petersen, of Stagg. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2013 6:22AM
Ryan Petersen, a senior and water polo player, was a big part of Stagg’s success in 2012, when the Chargers went 23-10 and advanced to the sectional finals.
Your team lost a lot of key players from last year’s squad. Do you feel pressure on you to step up?
Not so much. I trust the guys that are there. They’ve been practicing with the guys that we lost. They’re still really good players, and I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll still be good this year.
Are you excited to step up into the role of a go-to scorer?
I am. I’ve been really looking forward to kind of leading the offense. It’s a big responsibility, but I feel I’ll be good for it.
How much fun was last year, upsetting Brother Rice and getting to the sectional final?
Oh, my gosh, that Brother Rice game was insane. It was so much fun. We just want to try to get back there again this year, and we want to win the (SouthWest Suburban Red) for the third year in a row.
What’s the dirtiest thing that’s happened to you underwater in a game?
I’ve been punched straight in the gut before and I’ve been clawed down my back. It’s pretty nasty.
You’re in the state championship game. What team do you want to play?
Lyons. They’ve been really tough on us. There were a couple of years that we were really close to them. I think it’d be a close, intense game.
What’s your favorite sports movie?
“Miracle.” The comeback they make, it gets me going. It pumps me up whenever I have a big game.
You’re stranded on a deserted island and can have an endless supply of one food. What do you pick?
Macaroni and cheese, because it never gets old at all.
If you could take any celebrity to prom, who would it be?
Selena Gomez. She’s close to my age — and I think she’s pretty cute.
As told to Steve Millar