Name: Sarah (Turner) Zachery
Current residence: Trafalgar
Occupation: Physical education teacher at Indian Creek Intermediate School
Family: Husband, Sean Zachery; children, Tyler, Braxton and Trace; parents, Woodrow and Phyllis Turner
High school: Crothersville, 1987
Sports: Basketball, four years; volleyball, four years; track and field, four years
Athletics accomplishments: In basketball, finished career with 1,152 points and is No. 2 on girls basketball scoring list; No. 2 in season points (390), season rebounds (267) and career rebounds (793); school record for most points in a game with 38 in 1986 against Eastern and most rebounds in a game with 23 in 1986 against Medora; named to Top 40
College: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana State University
Major: Physical education
Sport: Played basketball for two years at IPFW and then transferred to ISU
What drew you to sports?
“I am the youngest of five children. All of my siblings played sports, and I was drawn to athletics from an early age. I am a very competitive person and enjoyed that outlet.”
What are your favorite memories of high school sports?
“Friendships that developed through sports are my fondest memories. Rivalries were always fun and challenging. Our teams were able to put together some winning seasons and accomplish many goals.”
What was your biggest accomplishment?
“Being named to the Top 40 in Indiana and getting to play at the college level because of working hard for many years to get to that level.”
Why did you choose to continue with a sport in college?
“Because it was fun, and I wanted to compete at the next level.”
What did you get out of that experience?
“It was a great experience. I gained some great friendships and grew as a person and player. I learned many valuable lessons that have guided me throughout my life.”
Are you still involved in sports today?
“I teach third- through fifth-grade physical education. I have coached varsity volleyball, middle school tennis and volleyball and youth league basketball in the past. I am currently not coaching. I lead an after-school walking and running club for my students.”
Is your family involved in sports?
“My husband, Sean, and I have three boys. My husband was the head football coach at Indian Creek for several years. He now assists the program. Our oldest son, Tyler, is 20 years old. He is a college student. He played football for Indian Creek High School. Braxton is 17 years old and a junior at ICHS. He plays football. Trace is 15 years old and a freshman at ICHS. He plays basketball, tennis and track.”
How did sports affect your life?
“Sports are a positive aspect of my life. It is fun to play and compete. You gain many valuable friendships. Sports teams are like a family. You learn so many lessons that carry you through life. Win or lose, you learn something.”
What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?
“Choose a sport that you enjoy. It should be fun for you. I always tell my students that they won because they got to have fun.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“Spending time with family, art, painting, crafts, working out, fishing and outdoor activities.”
What are your favorite sports teams?
“University of Kentucky men’s basketball (Go blue!) and Indianapolis Colts.”
Who are your favorite athletes?
“Peyton Manning and Michael Jordan.”
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