Like most highschool athletes, Lauren Huber noticed her regular schedule exit the window due to the pandemic.
Huber misplaced her junior monitor season when the Illinois Excessive Faculty Affiliation canceled all spring sports activities in 2020 as COVID-19 took maintain.
When her senior 12 months started final fall, Huber didn’t know if she’d be capable of cycle by her regular sports activities of volleyball, basketball and monitor. So she determined to improvise.
The end result was seemingly the busiest and most bold schedule of any prep athlete within the state. For the 2020-21 college 12 months, Huber has competed in six sports activities: tennis, bowling, volleyball, basketball, monitor and softball.
As her hectic 12 months winds down in opposition to the backdrop of sports activities returning to a semblance of regular, she regrets not a minute of it.
“We’ve been ready all 12 months for issues to open up,” she stated. “You possibly can’t be sad about being too busy.”
Right here’s a have a look at how Huber’s college 12 months unfolded:
When volleyball was pushed again indefinitely as a higher-risk sport, Huber opted to play tennis, one of many few fall sports activities that proceeded on schedule.
“That ended and there was some time we have been pondering basketball may not occur,” Huber stated.
So she joined the bowling crew. When the IHSA abruptly introduced in January basketball was coming again quickly, Huber discovered herself juggling two sports activities.
That segued into volleyball, which was a spring sport in accordance with the state’s revised four-season calendar.
Now it’s the IHSA’s summer season season and Huber is nearing the end line of her private marathon by juggling monitor and softball.
Many colleges wouldn’t let an athlete attempt so many sports activities, however Glenbard East is the exception to the rule.
“They’ve been actually versatile and understanding,” Huber stated of her coaches. “Our athletic director (D’Wayne Bates), he performed 4 sports activities in highschool, so he’s supportive of it.”
Women basketball coach Nicole Miller isn’t shocked Huber — who will play that sport at Illinois Wesleyan — has been capable of pull this off.
“She’s the very best feminine athlete that’s walked by our doorways,” Miller stated, “Unbelievable, unbelievable work ethic. Wonderful athletic talent, leaping capability, pace, endurance.”
Huber led Glenbard East’s ladies monitor crew to the primary convention title in program historical past Thursday, profitable the 800 meters and 300 hurdles and taking second within the shot put.
The 800 is Huber’s greatest occasion. However she had by no means competed in both the shot or hurdles earlier than this spring.
“She will be able to do any occasion,” ladies monitor coach Molly Gstalter stated. “She’s such a fast learner, such a coachable athlete.”
Huber credit her mother and father for serving to make all of it work. That features driving her from one occasion to a different this spring, generally whereas she’s altering uniforms within the automobile.
A lot as Huber enjoys staying busy in sports activities, she’ll be prepared for a break when monitor and softball wind down in a number of weeks.
“It’ll be bizarre having no schedule,” she stated. “(However) I believe we’re attempting to make up for misplaced time (with) household holidays.”
Huber isn’t the one native athlete with a heavier workload this college 12 months.
Libertyville senior Andrew Clark has juggled 5 sports activities: cross nation, basketball, swimming, water polo and monitor.
Clark, who’s heading to Georgetown with hopes of competing in membership cross nation, has achieved that sport, basketball and water polo all through highschool.
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“I’ve at all times been concerned with doing swimming and monitor,” he stated. “The seasons form of lined up.”
Like Huber, he was pessimistic about basketball as months handed with out phrase from the IHSA.
“I truthfully didn’t assume it was going to occur,” Clark stated.
But it surely did, and as he nears the top of a busy however rewarding 12 months, Clark has no regrets.
“It’s undoubtedly been exhausting at instances,” he stated. “General, I wouldn’t change a factor. It’s been rewarding to fulfill plenty of new individuals.”
In contrast to Huber and Clark, Elk Grove senior Joe Gaskill isn’t doing any new sports activities this 12 months. However he confronted some challenges when the sports activities calendar opened up unexpectedly.
“We went from virtually nothing, (then) there was a degree I used to be doing three (soccer, wrestling and monitor) in a single week,” Gaskill stated.
A wonderful pupil with a 4.5 grade-point common on a 4.0 scale. Gaskill plans to play soccer and baseball at Illinois Wesleyan. Proper now, he’s wrestling at 170 kilos and taking part in shortstop for the Grenadiers.
“I don’t thoughts being busy,” he stated. “I used to be like, if I’ve the chance to (do all three sports activities), I’m going to go for it.”
In spite of everything these idle months, how may it’s another means?