More on a few Morris athletes I've interviewed
Today I introduced you to Morris freshman Amanda Grant, whose already establishing herself as a bona-fide varsity scorer on the girls soccer team.
There were a couple of things that I learned from my chat with Grant after Tuesday's loss to Sycamore that I wasn't able to work into the story. One is that, while she is focusing on soccer now that she's in high school, she has had success in other sports.
While attending Nettle Creek School, Grant qualified for the IESA Class A Track and Field State Meet in 2012 in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished 21st in her preliminary meet. She also played basketball in the past.
"I had to quit basketball because of club soccer," Grant said. She gave up track and field because, in high school, its season coincides with soccer season.
I asked Grant if there are any areas of her game which she feels need to be improved.
"My footwork. I'm still trying to get my footwork down," she said. "Lots of girls at this level can make all kinds of fancy moves and keep their feet moving and in the right place all the time. I'm not at that point yet."
You may have already known the two Morris athletes who were profiled earlier this week. Leah Lines is a sophomore who has already had two strong tennis seasons and was a varsity softball player for one full season. Trevor Lines is one of the top players on the golf team and had success at lower levels in baseball before moving up to the varsity this spring.
What the story focused on is the fact that Leah and Trevor, who are sister and brother, are the starting shortstops for the Redskins' varsity softball and baseball teams. I asked them each a number of quesitons about their relationship, and I think this was reflected in the story, but they never showed any indication of being anything but supportive to one another. I even asked them both about the fact that Leah, the younger sibling, beat Trevor to the varsity level in their respective spring sports.
"I can't say I ever really talked trash or did anything like that about it," Leah said. "I always knew he would get his chance in time and that he'd do fine when it came."