Softball: Q-and-A with Shannon Rust of AndrewAndrew's Shannon Rust at spring sports photo day at Marist High School in Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, March 25, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 7, 2012 8:01PM
Rust, 18, is in her fourth season as a third baseman for the Thunderbolts. She will attend the University of Iowa in the fall.
You won’t be playing at Iowa, so this is it for your for softball career. How do you feel about that?
It’s sad, but I think I’m ready to move on. I’ve had some struggles, but I’m happy with my career.
How does it feel to play the hot corner?
I like it. I think it’s a game for me to see who can beat me or get it past me or beat out a bunt.
What’s the funniest story you’ll tell about coach (Jim) Holba?
He always knows gossip within our school. He’ll always come to practice knowing something within our lives and it makes us laugh.
Would you rather play softball when it’s 40 or 90 degrees?
I’d have to say 90. I hate hitting when it’s cold out, because it hurts my hands. I would rather be sweating and drinking a lot of water.
What opposing player would you just love to have as a teammate?
(Former Lockport catcher) Lia Romeo. I played with her during summer. She has the intensity and motivation to keep a team going.
Your dream celebrity prom date. Who is it?
Josh Hutcherson’s character in the movie “The Hunger Games” would be my ideal prom date.
Would you rather be in front of a camera or behind it?
Ha-ha. I guess in front. I’m really outgoing and I like to goof off. So I think I’d be fun in front of it.
Has anyone told you that you look like someone famous?
Yes. Lauren Conrad, from “Laguna Beach.”
What annoys you more than anything else?
Slow walkers in the school hallways.
If money was no object, where would you travel?
Backpacking through Europe. I’m adventurous.
Is cheerleading a sport?
I’d say competitive cheerleading is a sport, but not the kind during football season when you’re cheering on the sidelines.
Are you a scary, romantic or comedy movie fan?
I’m the romantic kind. I fall for all the love stories. My favorite is “The Notebook.”
How long does it take you to get ready for school?
About 45 minutes. I like to dress up a lot, but I don’t take that much time in the morning.
What do you eat more of than anything else?
Macaroni and cheese.
How much time do you spend on the Internet? Where do you go the most?
Facebook and Twitter. I go on it every single day, even in between classes when I’m not supposed to.
Are you a neat freak or messy?
I’m messy. My room is really bad. My mom always threatens to ground me if I don’t clean it, but I still leave it messy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Teaching physical or earth science in high school or elementary school, then possibly coaching.
As told to Tony Baranek