Camryn Lopez relishing her final year at La Feria

If one player has been synonymous with La Feria girls athletics the past few seasons, it’s Camryn Lopez.

Lopez was last season’s District 32-4A’s Offensive Player of the Year in basketball, was selected to the All-Valley Viper Showcase and was the Valley Morning Star’s All-Star Offensive Player of the Year all within her junior season.

This year as a senior, she was named the Valley Morning Star’s All-Star Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year.

However, as La Feria basketball head coach Angel Martinez said, he saw the potential in her early on.

“She came into basketball as a freshman and I immediately saw the potential in her,” said Martinez. “As a sophomore she played a little more, but it was not until her junior year when she just took over.

“She has been a pleasure to have on the team for the past four years and I’m going to miss her next season.”

Q: You’ve been playing almost every sport offered at La Feria. Which is your favorite and why?

A: Being active in softball, volleyball and basketball has made me grow a love for each sport. My favorite out of the three is basketball. When I was a little girl, I would watch the Spurs play and I found an interest in the game. Since then my love has grown. I love the rush and intensity of the game.

Q: What is your most memorable moment from all your years playing at the high school level?

A: It would have to be during my junior year when we won district (in basketball). That season had its ups and downs, but my team and I overcame those challenges to get the title. I’ll never forget that feeling.

Q: No matter what sport you play, you always seem to win some type of award. What’s your motivation behind the intensity of your game?

A: I play for my family. My family supports me in all I do. The least I can do is play hard for them. I look in the stands and when I see them my intensity kicks in. They’re the reason why I play. They’ve pushed me to be the best at whatever I do. I’m grateful for every single one of them.

Q: This is your final year of high school. When everything is said and done, what are you going to miss the most?

A: I’m going to miss my teammates the most. We’ve created a strong bond. Leaving them is going to be tough. The bus rides, Saturday practices, tournaments and the free Chick-fil-A. I’m going to miss it all.

Q: Everybody knows Camryn Lopez the player, but what is something people might not know about Camryn Lopez the person.

A: Camryn Lopez the person has a goofy personality. Many see me as a competitor and immediately assume I’m mean, but I’m really nice. I love making people laugh and just being silly.

Q: Of all the awards you’ve won, which one means the most to you?

A: Offensive Player of the Year really meant a lot to me. It was the year we won the district title and I felt like I finally helped my team out. That award made me realize how much my hard work paid off.

Q: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

A: The biggest challenge for me has been to adjust to leading my team. I felt a lot of pressure and it affected my game. I eventually overcame that and told myself to just have fun and play the game. I couldn’t let my team down.

Q: Now that you’re a senior, what was the best advice you were ever given?

A: Many people tell seniors to enjoy your time while it lasts, but my dad told me different. He told me to be the best at everything I do. He’s my backbone and has kept me motivated. I don’t know where I’d be without him or my mother. They’re the best!

Q: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

A: Every day isn’t guaranteed. When I feel like giving up I tell myself, “God woke me up for a reason.” That keeps me going.

Q: Do you have any advice for the younger generation of players at La Feria?

A: Just believe in yourself. Never let anyone make you feel like you’re not good enough. You control your own destiny, so work hard in all that you do.