Athletic Overachievers: One Student, Two Sports

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By: Sarah Taylor

The average student athlete spends 10-15 hours a week in practice.

Then there are those who double the hours of commitment to compete in multiple sports.

Senior Rexi Parcells’s morning begins like most student athletes; she wakes up, prepares for the day ahead and then attends practice.

However, the play-by-play of the rest of Parcells’s morning goes to show the extra effort she puts in to be involved in both cross country and basketball.

“I wake up at five thirty, get my school stuff ready, and go to cross country,” Parcells said. “Practice starts at 6:20 a.m. so I work out there for an hour and a half. Then I leave early to get to basketball.”

A typical week’s worth of workouts in cross country involves running eight to nine miles per day and time spent in the weight room, leading up to meets on Saturdays.

“The only days you have to recover in cross country are on Fridays, because those are right before meets,” Parcells said. “I just have to work harder and sometimes go to cross country earlier to make sure I can fit both sports in.”

Parcells is not the only one training for two sports with the time limits it takes to compete in one. Senior Jordan Schochet, long time lacrosse player, recently chose to pick up football in his senior year.

“I wanted to be able to compete against some of the best athletes in the state,” Schochet said. “Playing both sports allows me to work on different skills and become a better athlete.”

But playing two sports can come with a price. Senior Collin Hesse, competing in both football and hockey, knows the value of planning ahead.

“I have to be responsible for managing my time going from one sport to the other and doing my school work,” Hesse said. “The seasons occasionally overlap, but my hockey coaches know the situation beforehand and they are okay with it until the football season is over.”

Schochet has found he has to make an effort to be at both practices.

“Tuesday is the worst,” Schochet said. “Football practice gets out at 7:30 p.m. and I have to drive straight to lacrosse practice that runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m.”

But Schochet has help. Both Coach Hughes and Coach DeSerrano, football and lacrosse coaches, respectively, are lenient when Schochet is tardy to practice or needs to make up film sessions.

In Parcells’ experience she has learned that when you are working out five to six days a week by seven or eight in the morning and then turning around and doing it all over again by ten, it can be strenuous on your body.

“What I do is awful on my body,” Parcells said. “It makes me more tired than anything else and then after all of it, I have to go to school.”

Although the additional sports add pressure, healthy training can only benefit an athlete’s talent.

“Lacrosse and football complement each other,” Schochet said. “In football, I can work on hitting and strength and in lacrosse I work on speed and hand-eye coordination. Playing both sports allows me to work on different skills and become a better athlete.”

Schochet will be taking his extensive training and skill to Brown University, where he will be playing lacrosse.

Parcells also has hopes to compete in cross country in college. With a 5:20 minute mile, many Texas and Louisiana schools have shown interest in her, but Parcells is set on holding out for the tropics. She would like to attend Florida Southern College or Southern Florida University.

But the stress of cross country, basketball and school have not pushed Parcells to lose focus on her training.

“In basketball, if the team is doing sprints for conditioning, I will do crunches because I already ran earlier at cross country,” Parcells said. “But especially when we are in basketball season, I personally feel bad if I don’t run because I am a part of the team.”

Despite the extra hours, Parcells is committed to give a full effort in both sports during each work out.

“You get up every morning and run all of these miles, but you are not doing it for yourself,” Parcells said. “You do it for your team. The only reason I run is because of my teammates. I don’t love working hard at six in the morning, but they work hard for me.”

Parcells will continue to spend her senior year working to make sure the work she has put into athletics will pay off in the future.

Hesse views his senior year involvement as a chance to soak it all in while he has the chance.

“I love playing sports and being active with all my friends,” Hesse said. “I know I won’t be able to do this later in life, so I want to have as much fun a possible.”

Athlete’s training affects their mind and body more than any other interest. They continually sacrifice themselves to push for the future, but there are a few who choose to work double time.

“It can really stress you out,” Parcells said. “You get yelled at twice a day by two different coaches and at times it can be really tough, but at the same time, it’s the best.”

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