Bunnell High junior Toni Greene can appreciate a fast start.
Be it as a sprinter on the Bulldogs girls track team, where she was part of Bunnell’s fourth-place 4×100 relay team at the Class MM championship meet, to being a starter on the 4-1 girls varsity basketball team, Greene knows it’s important to start well.
The Bulldogs—who only won four games last season—will be looking to notch its fifth win of the season on Friday when it hosts arch-rival Stratford High to take on the Red Devils.
On Thursday, though, after practice, Greene took her time in supplying the Stratford Sports Scene with an “On the Record” interview.
STRATFORD SPORTS SCENE: What’s the best thing about Bunnell High School?
TONI GREENE: The best thing about Bunnell is how everybody gets along. And yeah that’s about it.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
TG: I don’t think I’d change anything because everything is evened out for everybody.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on you so far in your career?
TG: Coach Mal. (Bunnell assistant coach Mallory Rochefort). She’s always motivating to me to be better and she’s really given me a lot of confidence.
SSS: The team is off to a 4-1 start, which matches last year’s win total. Did you ever imagine you guys would race out like this?
TG: Honestly, no. We had lost a lot of seniors and we had a few girls coming back, but everybody has been working really hard in practice and we’ve been developing a lot.
SSS: Your coach (Francisco Salazar) came on late, getting hired after the season started. How did that affect the team?
TG: It didn’t really affect us because Mr. Thrall (Bunnell High athletic director Wayne Thrall) helped us out in the beginning and then Coach Salazar came in with a lot of energy. Even though he didn’t know us we got to know him pretty quickly and got comfortable with him.
SSS: What does the Stratford-Bunnell rivalry mean to you?
TG: Actually, it means a lot. We haven’t lost to them in the years I’ve been playing against them.
SSS: The holiday season just wrapped up. What was your favorite Christmas gift?
TG: My favorite gift? I think the win against East Lyme. (Laughs). That was a gift because we had lost the Shelton game before that and we were down in the first quarter, but we came back as a team and played hard.
SSS: Did you make a New Year’s resolution?
TG: Just keep developing and motivating my team.
SSS: What’s your earliest sports memory? It doesn’t have to be basketball-related.
TG: Actually, it is basketball. My older sister played for a while when I was younger, and I’d help my dad coach. I’d just be standing there on the sidelines with him.
SSS: What scares you?
TG: I don’t think anything really scares me. One of the coaches I used to work with told me that “fear: stands for False Evidence that Appears Real. It’s all in my head.
SSS: What is the go-to pump-up jam that you listen to before a game?
TG: Umm, I think “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill.
SSS: If you had one do-over in your life, what would you do-over?
TG: One do-over in my life? I don’t think I’d do anything.
SSS: What’s your perfect breakfast?
TG: Pancakes and bacon
SSS: The ideal midnight snack?
TG: That’s a hard one. (Pauses) Cookies. Chocolate chip.
SSS: And, your favorite home-cooked meal?
TG: I don’t even know. Uh, I’d say rice beans and chicken.
SSS: If Netflix was going offline for good, what show would you rush home to watch one last time?
TG: Jane the Virgin.
SSS: What one word best describes Toni Greene?
TG: Oh my gosh. I don’t even know. I’m sorry. Hmm, goofy?