The life of a multi-sport athlete

by | May 20, 2021 | Sports

Multi-sport athletes contrib­ute to the success of high school athletic programs throughout the country, especially at smaller schools such as Farmersville.

Throughout the 2020-21 ath­letic calendar, much of Farmer­sville’s success can be attributed to their multi-sport athletes. From star senior contributors like Reese Fetty and Brennen Pollard to un­derclassmen like Jenson McTee or Cooper Strawn, the Farmers have relied on athletes contribut­ing in multiple sports to help earn postseason appearances.

For many of these athletes, each sport they participate in provides a different desire for their athletic pursuits. Playing five sports this season, including three during the spring, junior Rylee Ortega said every team she’s on is a great experience for unique reasons.

“Each sport is a little differ­ent for me,” Ortega said. “Vol­leyball is a sport I love to play, while basketball is our only con­tact sport on the girls side. You get a lot of aggression out on the court, which I enjoy. Softball is definitely for the team aspect. I love being there with my friends. And then Tennis and Track are just for me. I just find that fun, and I would do that regardless of who was there.”

While they love to participate in multiple sports, most of these athletes have a preferred sport, actively pursuing those interests more than other opportunities.

“Baseball is my main sport,” freshman Brady Gray said. “I’ve played baseball like my whole life. I feel like playing baseball has helped me with the other sports I participate in, growing my hand-eye coordination and keeping active. Football is some­thing good to do during the fall. I started playing in fourth grade and I kind of fell in love with it. And then golf is just something that I started during quarantine that I love to do.”

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By Jackson King[email protected]

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