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Haley Finley

The Bio Blast! on: Haley Finley

Who she is: Senior singles and doubles tennis player at William Blount High School.

Why we like her: In this age of specialization at younger and younger ages, it’s still a good idea for a kid to try several sports to find the best fit for them. Haley enjoyed success at basketball and softball in middle school before settling on tennis at William Blount. (That day at the courts at Maryville College? It ain’t over, kiddo.)

Signature moment: High school players call their own lines unless there’s a dispute. Saw an opponent make an obvious bad call in a match once. Haley got fired up and ripped her.

What we’re dying to find out: When’s the rematch?

Quoting Haley: “Stefan, I’m NOT reading ‘Henry V.'” (We’ll see.)

Without further ado, here’s Haley Finley:

What is your best sports memory?
“When I played (No.) 1 doubles for the first time with Teague and the situation was crazy and we fought and won.”

Why do you love playing your sport?
“It is something I can play for the rest of my life. It’s fun and is a good work out.”

Who has had the greatest influence on you in sports?
“My parents because they raised me in sports and always taught me to never quit.”

Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had, Why?
“Mrs. Morgan was my fifth-grade teacher. I loved her because she was always energetic and taught me a lot.”

What athlete would you most like to meet?
“Michael Jordan.”

What is your favorite subject in school?
“Culinary Arts because it is teaching me how to cook.”

What is the best advice a coach ever gave you?
“Never give up and always stay positive.”

What is the best sports movie ever made?
“Remember the Titans.”

What is your favorite activity outside of your sport?
“I love to go to the mountains and have a picnic.”

Who’s your favorite superhero?
“Spiderman.”

What’s your favorite sports figure/team?
“Tennessee.”

How did you get started in your sport?
“I went to a (Parks & Rec) summer camp in seventh grade and loved it.”

Who has been your favorite coach, and how have they helped you outside of the sports spectrum?
“My mom, Susan Stout. She is my mom so she is always there to help me with everything.”

Tell me who you are using one sentence:
“I’m a little girl with a big mouth and have a love for sports.”

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
“Too many to count. They happen daily.”

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
“There are a few, but to be able to see the future because I would love to see how my life plays out.”

What does being a Gov mean to you?
“My parents and sister graduated from there. They also played sports so I just wanted to carry on the tradition.”

If you could play a different sport, what would it be?
“I have two. I would play volleyball because I love it and softball because I played it for eight years.”

If you could go to the World Series, the Super Bowl or the Daytona 500, which one would you chose and why?
“The Super Bowl because football is my favorite sport to watch.”

LMFAO, Lady Gaga or Elvis?
“I don’t like any of them.”

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