However, unlike many other students that only play sports 1 or 2 times a year Ari plays them year-round.
Arianna, known to her friends as Ari, has a love for sports that is outstanding. Ari has played sports since she was four years old, and she continues to grow in every sport she plays. Ari always brings energy and pizzazz to her sports and her everyday life. “She's really upbeat and outgoing. She always has a positive attitude and when she messes up, she just laughs at herself,” says her good friend, Macey Tullis.
Ari is a great role model. She not only cares for her teammates on the court, but off of it as well. She encourages others to be a better athlete by showing them what it's like to push themselves, and what it feels like after they accomplish a goal.
Ari participates in three sports; volleyball where she is an outside hitter, basketball where she played post but will be moved to wing this year, and track where she runs the 4 by 1, 4 by 4, and throws both the shot and discuss.
Ari has had many coaches throughout her years of sports, but only a couple really stand out. Her favorites are her high school volleyball coach Dianna Anderson, and her track coach Jim Smith. “I love Dianna. I've only gotten to know her for a little bit but she is such an inspiring person, and has a great personality. I just think she's a great coach!” said Ari, who couldn't ask for a better volleyball coach.
The main thing that Ari likes about her coaches is that they push her to her best potential. Coach Smith has especially helped Ari grow as an athlete because of how he pushes her and expects a lot from her.
For some people, their sports stories they remember are either bad or funny. Arianna’s story is all of those.“I remember specifically going to Crane last year for our state playoffs. I remember it was on my birthday, and we were driving back and the cruiser broke down. We had no service, and I distinctly remember Lynne slept through the whole thing,” said Ari. Ari not only went to a state playoff game on her birthday and played five games against Crane, but the cruiser broke down. However, Ari and the team made it back safely, bringing home with them memories to last a lifetime.
Ari knows that it takes hard work to become a good athlete. During the summer, she created a workout routine to increase her strength and conditioning.
Krol dedicated time to her workout everyday, completing what she called a “jumpsoles workout” where she put a spring shoe on the front of her foot that will help increase her vertical.
The rigorous workout included 300 jumps, 250 spike approaches, 200 triple jumps, and then 250 jumps over her head. On Tuesday's and Thursday's, she would get a backpack and fill it with weights and do lunges and squats until she was exhausted. By doing that every day, she now has strong legs which has helped with her new volleyball position as starting outside hitter.
Teammate Macey Tullis is confident in Krol’s abilities, and says, “She's really coordinated, even though she says she isn't, and she has a natural instinct, especially when it comes to basketball.”
Arianna Krol seems to positively impact everyone that she talks to. It’s easy to see that many of her peers consider her to be an inspiration to the teams that she plays on, and to the student body as well.