When the COVID-19 pandemic led to overlapping schedules for sports that are normally played in three different seasons, a handful of Skagit Valley College athletes have adjusted by playing several sports at once. They say they’re thrilled to have the opportunity.
In an unusual season, some Skagit Valley College athletes playing two sports at once | Local News There are four such players on the women’s basketball team: Ashley Thomas, a freshman who also plays soccer; Grace Shaddle, a freshman who also plays golf; Isabel Buchert, a freshman who also plays volleyball; and Brooklyn Johnson, a sophomore who also plays volleyball.
It’s a situation coach Deb Castle likes, even if it requires more planning on everyone’s part. She said the situation has led to excellent conditioning and greater focus. Castle isn’t kidding about “busier.” While the way the schedules are set up keeps the athletes from having two competitions on the same day, they’ll often practice both of their sports on the same day.
“They’re in better shape than they’d be otherwise, and mentally playing two sports at once is better for them because they’re busier,” she said. Those four aren’t the only athletes who are playing two sports at once — Delaney Kaysner plays soccer and softball, for example — but they are one-third of the Cardinals’ basketball team.
Shaddle, a Mercer Island High School graduate, said a typical day may have her at golf practice for three hours and basketball practice for an hour-and-a-half. “It’s a lot of running,” said Thomas, who plays two running-heavy sports.
Despite all the work it takes, the athletes said they’re excited for the opportunity. Johnson said she can spend upward of six hours a day in practices.
“I’m thankful I get to compete,” Johnson said. Johnson said she can spend upward of six hours a day in practices.
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