MILLBURY, Mass. — If you’ve followed any of the Millbury High School girls sports teams, chances are you've seen Payton Bruegger, a three-sport standout for the Woolies.
The junior is a basketball and volleyball star as well as a very good shot-putter for the spring track team. She plans to add to her repertoire in the spring by running the 100 meter dash, which she wanted to do last year but was hobbled by a bad ankle sprain.
Bruegger sat down with The Daily Voice on Thursday prior to the Woolies game in Uxbridge and spoke about the basketball season, the highlights of the magic run for the girls volleyball team, spring track and plans for the future.
DV: How is this basketball season coming together?
PB: It is going really good. We’re a young team but really coming together [winners of five in a row, the closest by 23 points]. We’re improving a lot from the first week or two.
DV: How difficult is it going from a sophomore to a junior and now being looked at as one of the leaders of the team this season?
PB: It is a little weird. I always looked up to Julie [Frankian], and Molly [McCausland], and now everyone is asking me questions … at first I was like, "Oh My God," but it is a good feeling.
DV: How do you like your chances of the team going down the stretch and entering the state tournament this year?
PB: I think we’ll be good. The younger girls are getting to play more, and they’re more comfortable now and they’re going for those shots, and going for those drives. So that’s good. Our confidence is very high.
DV: Let’s jump backwards to the volleyball team. How was that experience this year?
PB: Oh my god, I loved it. Really it was so great. I played in the eighth grade and I didn’t like it, so I took a break and came back during my sophomore year, and now this year was so much different. I really loved it.
Speaking about plans after graduation, Bruegger said she hasn’t been looking at too many different colleges yet but that North Carolina, a Division-1 basketball school, had been in contact with her, but there was nothing serious yet.
Her plans this summer include working with basketball coach Michelle Desrosier in her adaptive sports camp for kids with disabilities. “I’m so looking forward to that. Molly [McCausland] worked with coach Desrosiers last year and I can’t wait.”