Tonawanda News


December 19, 2013

Tonawanda's Snyder brings positive energy to play

Haley Snyder's positive energyrubbing off on teammates


Tonawanda News — But while Haley Snyder is one of the most likable people you could ever hope to meet,  once she puts her game face on she’s a two-legged buzz saw who will do anything to help her team win. On the basketball court, Snyder will battle for every rebound and every loose ball. In volleyball, she doesn’t think twice about diving on the floor to keep the ball in play. Haley Snyder is a fighter in every sense of the word. Literally, in fact, as Snyder’s most recent athletic foray has taken her into the boxing ring.

“Boxing’s my biggest challenge so far,” Snyder said. “It’s hard. You get punched in the face and it’s like, ‘oh thank you’ I’ll try better next time to block that.”

Hitting the gym an average of two-to-three sessions a week, Snyder confessed that boxing is without question the most intense workout she has ever had. But it has made her mentally and physically tougher.

Though you certainly wouldn’t want to cross her, Snyder, like any other teen age girl, has her softer side. A side that dreams of a perfect romance. She got that wish too. Snyder was taking part in the annual powder puff football game between the THS juniors and seniors the day before the T-NT Classic, when she received one of the most memorable surprises of her life. At halftime Haley’s cousin, Corbin Snyder, brought Haley to midfield. Before Haley knew it, long-time friend and track teammate Bobby Liebel got on the P.A. System and shocked everyone by asking Haley to homecoming.

“That was sooo cute,” Snyder said with a smile. “I cried. I was like, ‘Yes I’ll go to homecoming with you.’ Then I scored a touchdown right after that!”

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