The all-around athlete seems to be slowly disappearing on the high school sports scene.
More and more athletes are choosing to specialize in one sport.
Katie Wagner of Susquehannock is one of the athletes bucking the trend.
Wagner not only plays three sports; she excels in every one of them.
The Warriors' senior is a standout on the girls' tennis, girls' basketball and girls' track and field teams.
Wagner captured the York-Adams League Class AAA and District 3 Class AAA singles championships in tennis during the last school year; averaged 11 points a game for the basketball team that advanced to District 3 Class AAA title game and the state tournament; and ran on the 400-meter relay team that qualified for the state track and field championships.
"Tennis and basketball, I loved them so much that I couldn't give either one up," she said. "I thought in the past about not doing track, but I've done it for three years, so I'll do it again. I enjoy the competition, and it keeps me in shape."
Asked how she manages to balance sports and schoolwork, Wagner said: "I stay up late. Also, if I have a study hall during the day, I get my homework done there."
Wagner is currently focusing on helping the Warriors' tennis team in its bid for a third straight York-Adams title. Susquehannock captured the Division II crown two years ago before switching to Division I and winning that title last season.
Adriana Bullaj, who played No. 2 singles behind Wagner last year, decided not to play this high school season and will instead compete in United States Tennis Association (USTA) matches. Usha Baublitz, who played No. 3 last year, moves up to play No. 2 this year.
"Usha's been playing all summer long, and she's playing well," Susquehannock head coach Marianne Michels said. "And, of course, Katie does such a fantastic job for us. She's just a great athlete. We have some really nice players here, but I'm sure we'll have good matches this season."
Wagner listed winning the division and making it to the state tournament as the main team goals for this year. She's also setting her sights high when it comes to individual goals.
"It would be cool to win states; I lost in the second round last year," she said.
Wagner's trademark is her ferocious forehand shot, which racks up numerous winners. This summer, she strived to improve the other facets of her game.
"I worked on my backhand and my second serve, which has always been a weakness," she said.
Wagner would like to continue her tennis career in college. She's looked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill College and York College so far, but hasn't made a decision on which school she'll attend.
One thing Wagner does know is that she won't compete in three sports in college.
"I played three sports my whole life, it's time to focus on one. I definitely want to play tennis, although I've thought about basketball," she said. "The schoolwork is going to be harder in college, and I want to get the whole college experience."
Wagner's days as a multi-sport athlete may be numbered, but she still has one more fall/winter/spring to add to her legacy.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org.