Athlete of the week: 10 questions with Josh Kirkpatrick, New Trier basketball and football


Josh Kirkpatrick is a senior guard for the Trevians. He scored 13 points in a section win over Rolling Meadows. Kirkpatrick was also an all-conference wide receiver for the New Trier football team.

1. Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Yes. Every day after school I come home and my mom makes me mac and cheese with a smoothie, and I usually eat while I play my favorite video game, Clash Royale, to get me in the spirit of competition.

2. What are your plans for next year?

I went to the University of Chicago, so I’m going to play basketball there next year. And I’m super excited.

3. What is your favorite activity off the pitch?

School and basketball take a lot of time. When I’m not doing that, I like spending time with my team. If I’m tired, I like to watch Netflix. I’m a big TV guy. I love watching TV shows.

4. What would be your dream job?

If I didn’t have to worry about money at all, it would be fun to be like a movie critic. Just speak what I thought and people should listen to me. I like to analyze things and go into details.

5. Football or basketball?

I’ve always been more of a basketball player. Basketball is so much easier to practice and practice, and you can keep (playing) it. Football is hard. After a while, weariness grows in you. After a while it gets old.

6. If you could try another sport, what would it be?

I would join the tennis team. The year I was a freshman (#1) doubles on the freshman team. I am quite confident in my abilities. It would be a lot to play three varsity sports, but tennis would be the most fun for me.

7. What is one thing you cannot live without?

I guess microwave popcorn. I like Orville Redenbacher in particular. I have them almost every day or every weekend.

8. If you’re at Walgreens with a few dollars, what do you buy?

If I’m in a good mood and trying to spend some money, I’ll buy some Tic Tacs, maybe a pack of Pokemon cards or like a yo-yo for my girlfriend or something.

9. What don’t people know about you?

I’m going to do two very quickly: first, I’m pretty good at playing the piano. I played until sixth grade; and the other is that I’m really good at card tricks. I had a phase during quarantine. I think I have a good sleight of hand.

10. What has this successful basketball season looked like so far?

It’s quite difficult to put into words. It’s quite surreal. This is exactly what me and my teammates were hoping for. Since sixth grade, all we dream about is getting down in the state, having a great record of our senior year. Also since sixth year we have known that Glenbrook South is the team we will have to beat. It’s special that it comes back to them in the cup. This season has been everything we hoped it would be.


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