One on one with ... White Plains' Taylor Snellgrove
by Brandon Miller
Jan 15, 2014 | 1768 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Taylor Snellgrove is a basketball and volleyball standout at White Plains High. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Taylor Snellgrove is a basketball and volleyball standout at White Plains High. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
It doesn’t take long to find White Plains High senior Taylor Snellgrove on the basketball or volleyball courts, because her abilities help her stand out that much. But it’s possible her best skill is actually singing.

Snellgrove, who has started three years as a volleyball middle hitter and two years as a basketball shooting guard for the Wildcats, is also in the choir at White Plains. She said if the Wildcats advance to next week’s semifinals in the Calhoun County basketball tournament, she will miss the game because of an honors choir concert.

Snellgrove, who especially likes singing Chris Tomlin songs, transferred to White Plains as a freshman, having attended Faith Christian to that point. After graduating in May, she’ll make her mark at Jacksonville State on an academic scholarship. She is considering becoming an accountant.

Recently, Snellgrove took a few minutes from getting her things together for an away game to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and answer 10 questions.

Question: White Plains has had a good season so far. What’s been your favorite thing about it?

Answer: I like that we’re showing everyone up. Last year, we were expected to win something like four games, and we topped that by a lot. This year, some people were expecting a lot out of us, and it’s cool to show them that we really are good.

Q: Is basketball or volleyball your favorite?

A: Volleyball is definitely my favorite. It’s more competitive, and you see more personal results. With basketball, you need to make sure your team is playing well, but with volleyball you can see the strides that you’re taking.

Q: White Plains is seeded fourth in the Calhoun County tournament, which starts Saturday. Are you excited about the tournament?

A: I’m pretty excited. We should be putting the early games away and getting some of our younger girls some time and help build the program for the future.

Q: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: I’d like to go to England. I think England is really cool, and I like British accents. I think it’s really pretty over there and really quaint.

Q: What’s the best thing to do on a rainy day?

A: I would say either going outside and playing in the rain with my dogs or staying inside and watch movies. Probably more of an old Disney movie.

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?

A: Last year in county we were seeded fifth, which was below Alexandria even though we had beaten them. We played them in the tournament and beat them. We were all really excited because it showed we should have been fourth instead of them.

Q: Who was the last person you called?

A: It was my mom. I lost my school binder, and I thought maybe she had it. She didn’t answer. … My binder was in the gym.

Q: Who are your best friends and how did you meet?

A: Madison Hadley and Madelyn Adams. They both go to Faith, and Madelyn plays basketball. Madelyn was in my kindergarten class, and Madison was in the other class, but every year we’d switch into each other’s class. There are very few people there.

Q: What’s something not many people know about you?

A: I really like to do missions. I go on a mission trip to Memphis, Tenn., every year. We play with inner-city kids, and it’s something I really like doing.

Q: What’s the best thing about White Plains?

A: We’re like a big family. It sounds really cheesy, but we really are. You go through school and you’re always happy to see people, even people you don’t like.
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