Paszt takes full advantage of the fact that fourth-year senior athletes are rare these days – Washington Daily News
Finding out where Olivia Paszt is after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays is not so difficult. However, to find it, you have to know what day it is and what sport is in season.
It’s a little harder to track her down right now because Paszt (pronounced like pasta without the a) splits her time between two fall sports, cross country and tennis.
Basketball would follow, and then softball would conclude her high school career, making her a four-sport athlete, a rarity these days.
“I think it’s great and I wish more kids would play even three sports,” Pam Pack softball coach Brad Horton said. “I’ve known Olivia for a long time and she’s incredibly organized, extremely coachable and a fun person to be around. She’s mature enough to stay focused on any sport she plays and will be one of my leaders in the spring. Last year she played second base, in the outfield and even threw for us a few times, she’s fast and did a great job getting to base.
Paszt followed her sister Grace, two years older, onto the softball field when she was five years old. Their dad, EJ, coached and wanted both girls on the same team, which meant Olivia still faced older competition.
“I’ve been playing softball since I can remember, so it’s probably my main sport,” she said. “I like other people too because they help me stay busy and spend time with my friends outside of class.”
The Washington native started running cross country and playing basketball in seventh grade at PS Jones Middle School, took them to WHS, then took up tennis again at the behest of close friend and teammate Mary Emma Holscher, who graduated in the spring after COVID-19 shuffled around various schedules so she could play the same four sports as a senior.
“Softball ended earlier last year, so I let her (Mary Emma) talk me into playing tennis.” said Paszt. “It turned out to be a lot of fun and Katherine Pollock and I finished second in the regional in doubles.”
Women’s tennis is normally a fall sport, which poses a potential conflict with cross country for most, but Paszt settled the issue with the agreement of both coaches.
“I told him to go and we’ll figure it out,” cross country coach Dawn Landen said. “Olivia is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around and I know she’s the happiest runner I’ve ever coached. She’s been there for at least part of every practice and meet. and her organizational skills and positive personality set a great example for our young girls.
Paszt has a 4.64 grade point average and has taken college classes at Beaufort County Community College since junior year. She knows she’ll be on a college campus next fall, but she doesn’t know where.
“My dad went upstate (from North Carolina) and my sister is there now,” Paszt said. “My mom went to Carolina, so it will be one or the other. I would like to do something in the medical field, but I don’t know what yet.
First of all. There are tennis and cross country tournaments to reach, followed by another season of rebuilding basketball and a return to the softball playoffs.
“It’s kind of crazy that this is my last year after playing for so long,” she said. “I’m going to do my best to soak it all up, not stress out too much and just have fun.”