Facing the challenge

The Baltimore Sun

Away from the basketball court, Severna Park's 6-foot-5 senior center Adam Senholzi will tell you he's a quiet guy for the most part. On the court, that all changes.

He loves the challenge of banging with other teams' big men, and he's more than holding his own to help lead the Falcons to a 15-6 record going into yesterday's regular-season finale against Broadneck. In his second season as a starter, Senholzi averages nine points and seven rebounds a game for the Falcons.

Senholzi maintains a 3.5 grade-point average and plans to study business administration with hopes of running his own company someday. He has been accepted to East Carolina, but his top choice is Virginia Tech, which he is waiting to hear from.

Senholzi also keeps busy when he's not on the court or in the classroom. This fall, he headed up a campaign to sell Severna Park seat cushions to raise money for the Jimmy Pitt Fund. Jimmy Pitt, the son of former Severna Park baseball coach and teacher Jim Pitt, was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2006.

He is also co-founder of Falcon Madness, which holds pep rallies for the basketball team. At his church, he's involved in the youth group, which runs basketball clinics and also helps homeless shelters. When he wants to relax, there's a good chance you can find him fishing with friends.

How has the season gone so far?

We started out slow. We were 4-5 at one point, but then we went on an 11-game winning streak and got on a roll. We've been practicing hard every day, just working on the little stuff and making a commitment to fundamentals. We're just trying to keep the good habits.

With the playoffs fast approaching, what is this time of year like?

It's just time to work even harder, and you have to stay prepared because now if you lose, you're done. You don't get any more chances - so we just have to be ready.

Does it feel any different being a senior?

Yes, I'm going to play every game like it's my last because it can be.

What is your role on the team?

I'm expected to do the dirty work inside and score some, but I'm definitely not expected to carry the load because we have Brendan Bald and a couple other good shooters like Kevin Marshall and Marques Lowe with Sam Jones bringing the ball up. I just do the dirty work inside - grabbing rebounds, bailing people out if they get beat off the dribble and guarding the big guys on the opposing team.

Outside of basketball, what's it like being a senior?

It's that time, and it all comes down to this - one last go around, and then you're gone so you got to live it up. I'm trying to get everything I can because I don't think I'll be close to the area next year. I'm going to miss a lot of things - my family, friends, so I'm trying to spend as much time as I can with them.

What is it about Virginia Tech?

I like the campus life there, it's more rural, and I like the school spirit there. They rally around their basketball and football teams, which is big for me.

How did you get interested in business?

This year, I've taken two business classes - entrepreneurship and business management - and it just kind of clicked. I did well in those classes, and it seemed like that is the way to go.

What stood out with those classes?

We had to write a mock business plan, and that kind of seemed very interesting to me and really appealed to me. Even though there was a writing and stuff, I didn't seem to mind doing it all. I did a fishing charter business - a little fantasy. My cousin owns one, so I figured I'd give it a try.

What do you enjoy most about fishing?

I've been fishing forever, since I could walk. It's a good pastime of mine - peace and quiet, time with my buddies. We just sit out there and hang out.

What satisfaction do you get from helping others?

You just can't beat that feeling when you help somebody out. You lend a little bit of your skills, knowledge and time to others and it's very rewarding.

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