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30-second timeout with Tianna Wallpher, Mt. Hebron girls lacrosse defender

Mt. Hebron senior Tianna Wallpher has been a three-sport athlete throughout her high school career. She’s a forward in field hockey, a guard in basketball and a defender in lacrosse.

The skills she has acquired in the three sports have carry over value.

“Tianna is absolutely willing to take a charge. I think that’s the basketball player in her,” said Mt. Hebron girls lacrosse coach Trish Derwart.

The Vikings recently won their 23rd county title, including ninth in the last 13 years.

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Why do you play defense in lacrosse? 

What attracts me to play defense is the challenge. It requires a lot of communication, sliding, and I.Q. I take pride in my defense, and when a teammate or I stop a one v. one,  or gets a turnover, it is a great feeling, but what I like doing most on defense is taking charges. 

TV show I can't miss:

Grey's Anatomy

Best friends that play on another county team: 

I have a lot of friends on different teams in the county like Marissa Davey, the Albornoz's, and Jenna Kerr, but I would say my best friends would be Maddie Regal (Howard) and Grayson Corbett (Wilde Lake).

Funniest Teammate on Twitter:

Without a doubt Lauren Schaaf

Best moment as a high school athlete:

Hard to say because I've been lucky to have played for such great teams in each sport, but one moment that sticks with me is during my sophomore year playing field hockey, and we were in overtime in the state semifinal game, when Sam Brookhart passed to me and I was able to score and win the game to send us to the championship.

Favorite Athlete:

Chris Davis

Favorite Movie:

Any Harry Potter movie

Sport I'm really bad at:

Golf

Favorite Pump up song:

Icky Thump by The White Stripes

What's your pregame ritual:

I pass with Jordan Stevens before every game and I always fist bump my dad before my games. Also, my teammates and I put on our eye black before each game.

Favorite Place to Eat:

Chick-Fil-A

Favorite thing to do on an off day:

I really just relax and catch up on shows that I missed. I sometimes hangout with friends like Megan Konig, and even if I'm not playing a sport I still go to some games to support my friends.

College I am playing for:

UMBC! Great school, but I am excited to play for the three coaches: Tony Giro, who's like family to me, Amy Appelt and Alex Mundy.

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