Jarosz finding her way at Great Bay

Jarosz finding her way at Great Bay

By: Andrew Longeteig

Tasha Jarosz wasn’t certain where her life was headed after graduating from Newmarket High School in 2015.

 After six months of working at the National Passport Center in Portsmouth, she knew she had to return to school. Enter Great Bay Community College, which has helped advance both her academic and athletic careers for Jarosz, a 5-foot-10 freshman forward on the women’s basketball team.
 
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I knew Great Bay was a safe, affordable choice that also allowed me to continue my basketball career,” she said. “I’ve always loved basketball -- I’ll play in my high heels.”
 
She’s proven her worth to the Herons as of late, earning the first Yankee Small College Conference Player of the Week honors for the women’s basketball program this past Monday. The conference recognized her after averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in three games last week. She dominated in two games, scoring 25 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and tallying five steals in a road win over Unity and collecting 26 points and nine rebounds against Machias.
 
“Tasha brings a lot of energy and a lot of passion for the game,” said first-year Great Bay coach Jeff Gray. “She plays hard and is an emotional leader on the floor for us. Her team rides her coattails from an energy perspective. She really lifts the other players on the floor when she’s out there.”
 

Ready, aim, fire

She’s not just a basketball player, however. Off the court, her favorite activity is hunting. She began the sport as a 9-year-old when her uncle came to pick up her brother to hunt, but he didn’t want to go. She did.

 She hunts turkey, duck, squirrels and deer, even bagging a 120-pound doe a few months ago near her hometown of Newmarket. She shot the doe while hunting with a group of her male friends.
 
“I grew up with two older brothers, so I’m used to being the only girl,” she said.
 

Looking ahead

With the season winding down, her attention will shift to another Great Bay sport – softball. The new Great Bay sport begins in fall 2017.

 “I love softball almost as much as basketball, so I look forward to participating on the team,” said Jarosz, who plays first base.
 
Once she finishes at Great Bay, her goal is to continue playing basketball at Plymouth State University.
 
“She’s got a good work ethic and trying to focus on getting a solid education,” Gray said. “With basketball, softball and school, she’s really taking in the entire Great Bay experience.”
 
Jarosz, a liberal arts major, also is focused on improving her post-up skills as well as on-court chemistry with her teammates, which returned only three players from last season.
 

“We play only seven people,” said Jarosz, who ranks in the top 10 in the YSCC in rebounding with 10.1 per game to go with her 14.3 scoring average. “I give us a lot of credit for playing the whole game against other teams with more players. It’s a growing year for us, so next year I think we’ll have a lot of success.”