While the concept of high school athletes competing in multiple sports is nothing new, it was a requirement for Lauren Anklam.
When Anklam was asked to play another sport besides basketball in her freshman year, she saw an opportunity on the softball diamond. The D.C. Everest senior describes her first experience with softball with just one word.
"Awkward," Anklam said. "Trying to figure out which position I should play. Infield wasn't right, fielding ground balls is not my specialty."
Anklam eventually settled for left field and says that her performance as a softball player helps her on the court.
"It's still a good mix because you work on hand-eye coordination, you develop other skills to help you in your other sports," Anklam said.
Then Anklam decided to take up cross country in her final year of high school.
"I'm not a big runner but I wanted to get in shape for basketball season," Anklam said. "To get into shape, to build up endurance to transfer over to basketball."
Anklam became one of the top runners in JV, and like softball, running made an impact on her as a basketball player.
"Practice is easier," Anklam said. "You have more endurance, the ability to go longer."
"It just goes to show you how good of an athlete Lauren is," D.C. Everest girls' basketball coach Matt Bullis said. "To be able to pick up another sport and to be successful at it too after not playing it a lot."
Despite a crowded calendar, the multi-sport athlete says she has no regrets.
"I don't know what else I'd do with my life if I didn't play sports."
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