Sport Shorts: Jan. 18
SENIOR WILL END CAREER THIS YEAR
BV North senior Ali Pollard is an outstanding athlete in volleyball and basketball, but this will be her last year of sports.
“I chosen not to play sports on the collegiate level,” Pollard says. “I plan on going to the University of Kansas to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.”
Pollard is an All-State pick in volleyball.
“She is not only a special and extraordinary athlete, but also a gifted person,” Volleyball coach Matt Allin says. “She excels academically and spends many hours helping special needs students at BVN.”
In volleyball, she is in the top 10 in career stats in eight categories. This is the most of any BV North volleyball player.
She is also an outstanding basketball player.
“She is the most accountable kid I’ve ever coached,” Basketball coach Ann Fritz says. “I don’t think she has missed a practice or game in four years. She’s a great teammate and exactly type of a player you want to coach. She is a leader by example.”
Pollard started volleyball on a recreation team with her friends. The team was coached by her fourth grade teacher and her husband.
It was her brother Brett, who graduated in 2010 from BV North, that got her started in basketball.
“I grew up watching my brother and knew I wanted to play someday,” she says. “My dad put a team together when I was in kindergarten and coached me until eighth grade.”
She enjoyed her high school sports career.
“I couldn’t imagine a high school career without sports,” she says. “I had developed a love for competition and a desire to win. I also wanted to push myself and she how much I could improve from my freshmen year to senior year.”
What is her strength in sports?
“I am very level headed and don’t let my emotions get in the way of how I perform,” she says.
She holds the school record for basketball three-pointers in a game with six.
“My biggest strength is my shooting ability,” she says. “I credit it to my dad who would always rebound for me in the driveway and help me with my shot.”
Pollard only a few months left in her sports career then it will off to the University of Kansas.
Three area volleyball players were named to the All-State Volleyball Team picked by the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association.
BV North seniors Caroline Dupont and Ali Pollard along with Blue Valley junior Chloe Rogers are Class 6A All-State first team selections.
SOCK RATED IN WORLD
Former Overland Park resident and 2011 Blue Valley North graduate Jack Sock is doing well in the professional tennis world.
He is rated as No. 150 in the world.
Sock didn’t lose a match in winning four consecutive state singles title for the Mustangs.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“In life, there’s the way you act when you know people are watching. And then there’s the way you act when no one’s watching, which, let’s be honest, is the real you.”
– author Brad Meltzer
“The Inner Circle”