Success has followed the basketball career of York College junior forward Brittany Hicks.
Conference, district and state championships were the norm during her standout scholastic career at York Catholic High School.
Halfway through her collegiate career, the 5-foot, 9-inch Hicks has helped York win a Capital Athletic Conference title in 2011, advance to the championship game last year and win two NCAA Division III games to advance to the 2012 Sweet 16.
Hicks is trying to build on last year's second-team All-CAC award by ranking among the top five in the CAC in scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (12.5 rebounds per game) for the undefeated Spartans (5-0) so far this season. Hicks missed the Spartans' last game with an injury, but she's expected to play in Saturday's CAC opener at St. Mary's, according to York head coach Betsy Witman.
She also tries to pass on her knowledge, skills and experience by coaching on the youth level.
Following is Q&A with Hicks that was supplied by the CAC.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I have been playing basketball since second grade in a CYO league. I've grown up in a Catholic school with a very successful program.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am a bio/pre-med major with a minor in chemistry. This major has not only taught me time-management skills, but also that if you really want to succeed at something, you have to put in the time and effort. Nothing comes easy in life.
My favorite spot on campus is the biology lab. There are so many instruments that to ordinary people would look like nothing, but to (biology) students they allow you to find out unknown organisms. It's a room full of high-powered toys.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
I enjoy visiting any clothing or pet store. My favorite pastime is shopping, especially for my two dogs. They have their own clothing collection along with a ton of toys.
Other than your team, what organiza tion(s) do you partici pate in (on campus or off campus)?
I was an AAU coach for freshman and sophomore players from local high schools around the York area. The organization was called York Thunder. I also train younger athletes to help them improve.
Briefly describe the most memorable expe rience during your col legiate athletic career.
My most memorable moment was beating St. Vincent and Juniata last year to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. Those two wins brought our team closer together and the adrenaline rush it brought was unforgettable.
What is the most im portant societal issue facing college stu dents?
I think the pressure to achieve academic success is making students stressed and sometimes leads to depression. There is such a high importance placed on grades, it can be overwhelming to students trying to balance school, athletics and a social life.
If you could change any one item in the world, what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
I'd want people, especially the younger generation, to be confident with themselves. The media is such a huge influence and I just wish more people would love themselves for who they are. Everyone is beautiful in his or her own way.
What is your favor ite form of entertain ment?
I love movies, especially scary ones, and classic Disney ones I grew up with. I think relaxing with my friends and dogs is the perfect way to unwind and relax from practice.
If you could give one piece of advice to el ementary school chil dren, what would that advice be?
I'd tell them to never give up on themselves. Trials and tribulations are going to happen in their lives, but they need to keep pushing through and believe. If you just have a little bit of faith and desire, anything is possible.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your fa vorite sports person or team?
I was born and raised to love Duke athletics. J.J. Redick was my favorite college athlete because of his confidence and respect. He was and still is a class act.
"Sports don't matter in the grand scheme of things. But in the moment, when things are just right, they're the most important thing in the world. That's what makes them so great."