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NATCH — In the Miss-Lou, many high school student-athletes participate in multiple sports.
In Mississippi, 96,604 high school student-athletes, boys and girls, participated in sports during the 2018-2019 school year.
Among the 96,604 student-athletes were 22,440 soccer players, 17,040 boys and girls basketball players combined, 7,855 baseball players and 6,290 girls participating in slow and fast pitch, according to the National Federation of high school associations.
At least eight Mississippi high school student-athletes play multiple sports in Mississippi. Adams County Christian School has at least two student-athletes who play multiple sports.
Tripp Cotten plays baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer and court track for the ACCS Rebels. Alongside Cotten is teammate Rhet McDonald, who also plays football and baseball for the Rebels.
“The benefit of participating in multiple sports is the bond I form with a group of teammates and coaches,” Cotten said. “There’s discipline in every sport, and I’ve always been an active kid all my life.”
Five miles from CASC, Allie Feltus, Gracie Foster, Sam Mosby and JT Taylor all get involved in multiple sports for Cathedral High Green Wave.
Feltus is on the Emerald Tide dance team, plays softball, basketball, and is on the track team. In track and field, Feltus throws the discus and the shot put for the Lady Green Wave. In the past two seasons for Cathedral, Feltus has placed second at the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools track and field meet.
“I enjoy being part of a team and working with other people at my school,” Feltus said. “That’s really how I express myself and I really like to play sports.”
On the boys’ side, Taylor and Mosby and other Green Wave student-athletes play multiple sports. Both Mosby and Taylor are on Cathedral’s basketball and football team.
At Natchez High School, three or more high school students get involved with the Bulldogs. James Singleton and Kya Singleton both play basketball for Natchez High. James Singleton also plays football while Kya Singleton cheers and plays tennis for the Lady Bulldogs.
Damien Newman, who plays football and soccer for the Bulldogs, is another multi-sport student-athlete at Natchez High. On the football team, Newman played at inside linebacker and on the soccer field he is a forward for the Bulldogs. For the football team, he had eight tackles during the season. Newman said he hoped to play soccer or football in college.
“I really like being active and I’ve always wanted to play sports, ever since I was in college,” Newman said. “I started playing football and soccer when I was a freshman. Next year is my last year playing both sports in high school.
According to the NFHS, 24,595 high school student-athletes, boys and girls, participated in sports in Louisiana during the 2018-2019 school year. There were 19,629 football players, 13,121 combined boys and girls basketball players, 8,454 baseball players and 6,295 softball players.
Kylyn Lewis plays both football and basketball for the Ferriday High School Trojans. Lewis was on the LHSAA Class 2A State Championship team last season. For the Trojans, Lewis had 32 tackles, three sacks and two fumbles.
About 8.2 miles from US 425 South, Vidalia High Vikings’ Sema’J Hayes also played football last season and caught the football three times, totaling 48 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. After the football season, Hayes went straight to basketball, then baseball. To keep up to date, Hayes said he had a schedule to follow.
“My mom taught me to always have a schedule and follow my schedule as much as possible,” Hayes said. “Lately it’s been working out. My schedule is to go to school, after school I come home and rest. Then I get ready for training and then I go home. home and I go to bed at 9 p.m.
Layla McCall is one of 6,378 girls taking part in the dance in Louisiana. McCall is a senior at Monterey High School. For the dance, McCall travels to Jena, Louisiana, and is part of the Epic Royals team. McCall is also on the Monterey High track team and the Monterey High Elites dance team. Layla McCall has said that she enjoys being athletic and finds not exercising boring.
“One of the benefits of being involved in multiple sports is that it helps to try different things and figure out what I want to do,” McCall said. “Each sport teaches you different things and you learn different abilities. I think learning the different abilities is really useful.