Another school year is approaching fast.
That means there will be many kids participating in many different sports. While this is the top level that most will achieve in athletics, some will be fortunate to continue playing at a higher level.
Playing multiple sports beyond high school though is quite rare. However, there have been examples of that.
Lynsey Moniz, a 2016 Sequoyah graduate, had a standout prep career in volleyball and basketball and also played both during her two years at Randall University in Moore.
"I love to challenge myself so that is why I chose to juggle two sports and a full class schedule," Moniz said. "Basketball and volleyball were my main focus in high school so I was able to get the best of both worlds playing them in college. You have to focus on physical health playing two sports because it is demanding. I would practice both sports each day."
Moniz continued playing both sports despite suffering a torn meniscus her sophomore year in college.
However, she eventually decided to focus on academics and moved closer to home in the process.
Moniz is on track to graduate from Rogers State University in 2020 with a degree in business.
"I have enjoyed coming back (because) it is cheaper, better academically and allows me to continue working," Moniz said. "I work at First Baptist Church in Claremore as well as detailing vehicles. I have been detailing for five years now and I love it. Something I am very passionate about is working out and testing my limits. The effort is all on me and I am able to see the different ways I can mold my body."
Moniz was not the only member of her family to have athletic success.
Her brother Daniel was a football standout. He graduated from Sequoyah in 2014 and Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee in 2018.
"(Daniel) and I are extremely close now and were in high school as well," Moniz said. "During high school our relationship was a blessing and a curse. He set the pace for athletic ability and was a stud at football. Of course I was younger so I was always 'little Moniz' or 'Daniel's little sister'. That encouraged me to go where no one knew me or him so I could make a name for myself."
Moniz really started doing just that during her senior year of volleyball.
She helped the Eagles to an overall record of 17-14, including victories in their first 12 matches of the season.
Moniz was rewarded for that success with an All-State volleyball selection.
She played in the small school game at Oral Roberts University in July of 2016.
"Senior year of high school volleyball was an absolute blast," Moniz said. "We definitely put on a show. We did fairly well all season. Although we didn’t make it to the end as planned I had a blast enjoying the experience. All state was pretty cool as well because I was able to play with girls who I had previously played against, all in good fun."
Moniz saw continued success in volleyball, as Randall was the NCCAA Southwest regional champion in both of her seasons there.
Randall was eliminated in the national semifinals both times.
The torn meniscus occurred for Moniz in her first basketball scrimmage.
That was also in the middle of volleyball season, but she kept playing right through the end of the national tournament.
It wasn't until Christmas break that Moniz found out the severity of her injury.
She wanted to keep grinding away but eventually thought better of it.
"I was going to continue playing but was encouraged to get surgery," Moniz said. "I did that and rehabbed like crazy. I was able to return for the last few basketball games that season. I wouldn’t say the injury derailed my career, but rather made me realize that I would not be playing professionally and needed to focus on my academic career, as that would be my next step in life. I definitely miss playing, but I stay active anywhere I can. I am in the weight room several times a week pushing myself to see what I can achieve. I will try anything that is physically challenging just to push myself."
Competitive playing days may be in the rearview mirror now for Moniz, but she continues to apply the lessons learned there as she finishes up her studies and gets a head start in today's working world.
"High school sports were challenging but college was a completely different animal," Moniz said. "High school was more fun while college was more of a job. So much time and effort mentally and physically was put into collegiate sports. Sometimes there would be three practices per day. Juggling practice, traveling, and academics was challenging."