To be the best, Quaker doesn't rest
By Tom Williams
For one of the Mahoning Valley’s most talented and versatile athletes, the offseason sometimes only comes when she closes her eyes to sleep.
Salem High’s Amy Scullion, who will be a junior this fall, is an ace volleyball player and leader on the Quakers’ basketball team.
“It was a pretty crazy spring for me,” Scullion said. “I was on a traveling volleyball team and a traveling basketball team.
“Once basketball season ends, traveling volleyball starts to pick up,” Scullion said. “Columbus and Indianapolis may be the farthest we will go.
“Somewhere in between those tournaments, I played a couple of basketball tournaments,” she said. “We went to Chicago — it was a lot of fun and a good opportunity.”
Last fall, Scullion’s Quakers advanced to state in volleyball after rallying to defeat Parma Padua in the regional final. A large contingent of Salem fans were watching that day at Stow High School.
“It’s probably one of the best feelings that I’ve ever had, just to have that community support,” Scullion said. “I was so impressed and surprised.”
In Dayton, Salem jumped ahead of Toledo Central Catholic, 2-0, before losing the state semifinal match.
“Dayton, ah, great time,” Scullion said. “I thought we were going to pull it out.
“Practice was kind of laid back. It was kind of sad because we knew it was our last practice ever.”
The volleyball squad included sister Katie, a senior, as well as Sarah Brobeck, Paige Kenreigh and Taylor Toothman.
“It was cool to share that experience with her,” she said of Katie. “It’s nice to have someone that you trust no matter what. We get into arguments but we always have each others’ backs on the court.
“It was a lot of fun and a great experience. I’m sad that we might not ever get a chance to play together again.”
Katie will attend Ohio State to study pharmaceutical sciences.
Her sister’s love for volleyball and basketball can be measured by their differences
“Volleyball is the ultimate team sport because you can’t pass and set and hit yourself,” Scullion said. “You have to rely on your teammates.
In basketball, I love the aggression, the head-on-head, hard core going at each other. They’re so different.
“In volleyball, you’re always on your side of the net,” she said. “Basketball is so in-your face.”