|Club||Brandon Franz||Utah Eclipse 03||West Jordan||UT|
|High School||Heather Carlson|
|Primary Position||Starting Pitcher|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
2017 Hunter Varsity Letter Freshman
I created this profile in hopes of earning an opportunity to participate in college athletics while going to school to earn my degree. Please feel free to contact me.
My name is Teya Gasu (naw-sue, Gasu is a Samoan name)
My mom's ancestors come from the UK and my dad's family comes from Samoa, so that makes me 100% Islander.
I have three older sisters, an older brother, and younger sister. My sisters are active and amazing soft-ballers. We all are student-athletes. My parents require above average grades in order to participate in sports.
I attend Hunter High School, home of the Wolverines in West Valley City, Utah. Class of 2021. I have been playing softball since I was 7 years old. I felt I had a passion for the game when I decided to take a step forward and play travel ball when I was 10. My dad encouraged me to participate in Volleyball and Basketball in order to increase continued fitness and strength during the winter months.
I have volunteered my time by helping the 10U, 12U, 14U players from the Zombie Hunters Travelball teams (which my sister play for) with pitching, fielding, and batting skills. I love being able to share a passion with younger girls. it helps me reinforce the principles my coaches want me to have. As much passion as I have for the game, I know I must work equally as hard on my academics. I stay focused in order to succeed in school and I'm always looking for ways to improve my study habits. My current GPA is a 3.67. My collegiate goal is to earn a degree in the Dental field and I'm looking for colleges that offer such programs in addition to athletics.
As a player and student, I work to enhance all parts of the game, physical, emotional, and mental.
I love Softball. I'm passionate about every aspect of the sport, from the individual positions to the importance of a team operating as a fine-tuned machine, I love it. Playing sports in college is the next logical step in my progression. It will also play an important part of my studies as I plan to be in Dental field. I expect to have success as a student and a team player at the college that fits with me.
I have been put in a position as an assistant to the president of a Young Women's Organization. It is through the church I attend. Many times there's service projects for elderly, disabled or other girls that might be going through hard times. It's important to get good participation from many girls to make the work easier and it shows support and builds morale. Part of my responsibility is to get the groups together and make assignments that need to be completed. Recently we visited a girl that was getting ready for surgery. We wanted to make sure she knew we were thinking about her and if anything needed to be done we would help where we could. We decorated her room with cute hearts and ribbons so when she got back she would have a fun and beautiful room to welcome her back.
Also, towards the end of basketball season, as Junior Team Captain, I was put in charge of Senior-Night. I was able to make assignments for making banners, decorations, and food amongst the 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. I took pictures with my phone and told a designer how I wanted him to make Individual Player Banners for each Senior. Each girl is a great friend of mine and I definitely wanted their senior night to be special. It was a privilege to announce each of my senior teammates and they parents as they were presented to everyone in attendance.
My parents both played sports throughout their high school career. They have encouraged me to play multiple sports in order to enhance overall athleticism. And my experience has proven that practice has been very positive. Volleyball jumping has helped me catch high line drives through the infield. Basketball dribbling has translated to increased agility to get down and move side to side. Softball pitching has made my volleyball swing, and serve more powerful and accurate. And being more athletic has given me the confidence to be in weight-training with mostly boys and focus on technique, power, and explosiveness.
I really enjoy helping to coach and mentor younger athletes. From exercise technique to athletic performance in basketball, volleyball and especially softball. I love seeing the success they have when they really understand that they can do things at a high level, more than they first believed. In a little way, I understand why coaches and trainers do what they do. And, being involved with the younger athletes reinforces my own fundamentals.