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VC athletes' responses to jersey number survey


July 03, 2013
In the last week, 15 athletes from Valley Center responded to a brief survey about jersey numbers and what they mean.

Below are the questions they answered, followed by each athlete's specific answers.

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Valley Roadrunner athlete jersey number survey

Name

Sport(s)

Jersey numbers worn by sport: (example: 8 (soccer), 19 (baseball), 37 (football), etc.)

Primary reason why you chose each number (choose any that apply):

a) I've always worn this number

b) Because of a professional athlete (please specify which athlete)

c) Because of a sibling or other relative (please specify)

d) It was assigned to me

e) Other (please specify)

Please list your choices for each jersey number and add any further comments:

Example: 8 (soccer)—I chose this number because my older brother Johnny wore 8 when he played soccer.

19 (baseball)—My favorite baseball player growing up was Tony Gwynn, and I always wanted to be a great hitter like he was.

Do you feel that there is any sort of good luck, good vibes, or any other positive association connected to wearing a specific jersey number (if yes, please elaborate)?:

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number?

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Kelly Bergquist

Lacrosse and field hockey

(lacrosse)west coast stars, quad city's, SD woman lacrosse

22(lacrosse)

21(field hockey)

a) I have been given this number by my first coach and have always been attached due to the fact that this is the number I wore when I was 10. Being able to have this number through all my years of playing and improving; kinda reminds me of how far I have come.

It was good luck for me. I made my image from this number. Other coaches from other teams knew me by my number. 22.

I didn't feel right if I didn't have this number. When refs would call out 22 is was like being called by my name. It represents you as a player.

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Jeanette Westerlund

10 "good luck" Brooke DeLauder VCHS,

10 "tradition " family wore number passing on

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Parris Toedt

basketball, lacrosse, rugby

3 (basketball), 2 (lacrosse)

3, basketball star Candace Parker from LA Sparks, 2 was the closest number to 3 during lacrosse season

Number 3 is my favorite number, not only for Candace Parker my role model, but also for stars that set good examples like Dwayne Wade, Allen Iverson, and Chris Paul.

Wearing number 3 in basketball has a good vibe to me because it shows me that no matter what kind of game you are having, you will make it up in your effort and your heart for the game. Number 2 in lacrosse helps me by showing me that you just push through and give your 110% you will stop the unstoppable.

It is important to me to wear my jersey number because it shows me and reminds me of the others that gave their commitment to succeed and why they never gave up.

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Matt Preston

Football

80 (football)

My older brother wore this number and he was very successful. I wore this number my junior year also and won CIF with my team. Love my brother and my team "80 for life"

(Scale of 1 to 10) 10 because me and my bro wanted to make a statement to the opponent, when you see 80 coming you'll be stopped in your tracks

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Anndrea Torres

11 "traditon" (softball). Also you're number ONE twice.

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Leilani Diefenbach

Golf, Soccer, Softball

7 (soccer and softball)

I've always worn this number

7(soccer)—I chose this number because its been my lucky number for years

7 (softball)—it's my lucky number

Do you feel that there is any sort of good luck, good vibes, or any other positive association connected to wearing a specific jersey number?: yes

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number? 10

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Savanna Reilly

Volleyball, Soccer, and Track

Volleyball and Soccer (6)

My brother passed away at the age of 6. Everyone in my family had to at least have the number 6 on their jersey. This number made our family a lot closer with each other and helped us to achieve our athletic goals.

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Jasmine Contreras

I've played volleyball, water polo, softball, and starting cross country. Travel softball in San Marcos and Vista.

My jersey number has always been #5 when it is available because it's my childhood number and I want to keep it the same because it's good luck to me.

5 (softball), this number makes me want to represent my school. For example once I graduate high school I want the next player to feel like she has to work to make the number hers just like how I brought everything onto the field when I played.

My number should be "inspirational" or give the next player motivation to do her best.

Most important: 10 (only with softball) I could careless what number I get for other sports.

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Conrad Murphy

I was 50 for frosh football, 15 freshman baseball at Fallbrook. Then 76 (the highway I nearly died on) for football at Tri-City Christian HS, then 9 for their baseball. Then 9 my junior and senior year at VCHS.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the care I have about my number would be probably a -67. I don't at all I care about the jersey number

And I chose number 9 because of the commercial where Psych asks Monk his favorite number.

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Marissa Valdez

Softball 14 years (6 rec, 4 VCHS, 2 Palomar College, 2 Drury University)

I was always partial to odd numbers growing up but I specifically remember choosing the number 13 because of high school stand out Isaac Lawson. He was my family friend. He tragically passed away when I was in first grade and from then on I decided that I would wear his number to honor his athleticism and his life. Isaac proved to be a big part of my heart on the field.

While it would have been nice to wear 13 every single year I played softball , that was not always the case. After exhausting all options (begging, pleading, buying a new jersey myself), I have settled for numbers in the past such as: 1,3,11,33, 7, and 23 before in various travel ball teams and even in college but 13 is what I would say was my true identity on the softball field.

Some say certain people "look" like certain numbers. I never felt more comfortable than when I am wearing my number. Athletes are always looking for some kind of "edge" over their competition whether it's weight training, diet, or a lucky number. Similarly, any athlete knows that the mental aspect of the game is sometimes the most powerful and if you truly believe you have luck or favor in a game, then you probably do.

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number? 10 all the way! I really believe it makes a difference.

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Maritza Alvarez

Varsity Track and Field, Soccer, Valley Center Hurricane Club Soccer

#2 (soccer)

I chose #2 because of what it represents to me. The first time I got to choose my jersey number I picked up jersey number to simply look at the jersey with no interest of what number was on the back. At that exact moment as I was observing the jersey, my coach at the time told me that being second is the first to lose and made me feel bad. He wasn't a very nice coach and I'd always be scared to speak up to him until that moment. I stopped and looked at him and said, "No, being second means now you have a second chance to be better." Every time I step on the soccer field I thrive to be better than I was the last time I touched a ball. I never stop trying to beat the me I was yesterday.

Plain and simple Hope Solo is my idol. She's a beast at everything he does and he doesn't let anyone knock her down she is a true inspiration.

This might sound cheesy or totally psychotic but I feel like I have a certain connection with my jersey number. Before every game I lay out my gear and I can just feel if it's going to be a good game by the way I put on my gear. I truly believe that my jersey number will forever be my good luck. And I think it was because of that very first day I chose to be #2, having faith in that number and just knowing that ... That number was meant for me.

On a scale from one to ten my jersey number is a definite ten. I feel off my game with out my number on my back, as if I'm not complete.

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Brienna Dunckel

Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Basketball

11 or 3 (volleyball), 9 (soccer), 11 or 3 (softball)

Primary reason why you chose each number (choose any that apply):

For volleyball and softball, I've always worn these numbers. When I am an underclassman this is usually the last small left

For soccer, I chose 9 because of Mia Hamm.

11= "First the worst" this number has too 1's so it is double good!! And 3 is "the golden number!"

On a scale where 1 is the worst and 10 is the best.. number 11= 10 number 3= 10 because I have to have at least one good number!!!

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Tom Aguilar

Baseball, Football

8 - football and 6 - baseball

Simply these are two of my favorite numbers and I believe when I wore these it would give me more luck then I already had

8 (football)—I chose this number because I always looked good in a single number jersey, also while growing up I chose all sorts of numbers such as 4, 12, 23, 24, and 2 but once I got the jersey number 8 I found out this was my favorite number because of the luck it gave me and how well I pulled the number off.

6 (baseball)— baseball is a game of skill, athleticism and superstitions! If I wasn't wearing my # 6 jersey then I already knew I was going to have a bad game. The # 6 was my second favorite number right next to #8 but I still believed #6 had enough luck to get the job done.

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number? 10!!!!

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Christopher Bergquist-Turori

Soccer and rugby

17 (Soccer)

1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Rugby)

My soccer number was assigned to me.

In rugby, every number between 1 and 22 are specific positions on the rugby field. Numbers 1 through 15 are starters and 16 through 22 are substitutions (even the subs have certain positions according to their number). The numbered jersey that is given to me before each game reflects my skill set.

13 (Rugby) - The number 13 in rugby is the Outside Center, which is currently where I want to play because I believe I'll be able to thrive at this position.

Do you feel that there is any sort of good luck, good vibes, or any other positive association connected to wearing a specific jersey number?: Yes. If you get a 1-15 jersey, that means that the coaches think you're the best at that position. There's nothing more satisfying then working hard all week and being given that starting jersey because your coaches believe in you.

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number? 10 - I hate being a sub.

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John Bergquist-Turori

Rugby, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Tae-Kwon-Do

10, 1 and 17 (soccer) 1, 10, 12, 13, 15 (rugby)

Primary reason why you chose each number (choose any that apply):

a) I've always worn this number

b) Because of a professional athlete (please specify which athlete)

c) Because of a sibling or other relative (please specify)

d) It was assigned to me

e) Other (please specify)

ANSWER - All the above except a)

When I was age 10, I chose the #10 while playing soccer because my brother wore that number and he wore it because of the famous soccer Pelé's #10, so there are 3 reasons why I chose it. After that I was #1 for a while because jokingly I wanted to be the #1 player! And then eventually I chose 17 as my favorite number because it's a prime number and kind of out of the ordinary and I wanted to be different. It also was kind of like putting one of my old numbers, 1, together with God's perfect number, 7, (or lucky number 7). I'm also kind of a Halo nerd so if you take my old soccer jersey number and my new one and put them together after my name, you get "John 117" which is the Master Chiefs name. So yeah, those are ALL reasons why 17 is my favorite number, haha. Unlike most sports, in rugby, the numbers are assigned from 1 through 15 depending on the position, so I'd wear whatever number I was assigned by the position I'd be playing that game. Most of the time I would play 15 (Full Back), and 13 (Outside Center), however I've played 1 (Prop) and 10 (Fly-Half) before and 12 (Inside Center) was the position I played when I played on the All Star SoCal Griffins High School Team.

Do you feel that there is any sort of good luck, good vibes, or any other positive association connected to wearing a specific jersey number?: Not really, I'm not that superstitious, however I do hold to sentimental values towards my favorite #17, and I wore the #15 jersey when I broke my neck last year, which had to be cut off of my body (super-sad face, they were REALLY nice jerseys) and is now hung high on my wall, so lots of sentimental value there. #15 was also the number I wore when I first started playing rugby.

On a scale of 1–10 (ten being most important), how important is it to you to wear a specific jersey number? My vote is 1, just give me a number and let me play!!!

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