A friend of mine who coached basketball at the Division II and III levels said during some recruiting visits, he’d bring three tennis balls with him.
When talking to a recruit and his parents, he wanted to stress that balancing school work with basketball and a hearty social life is nearly impossible.
This coach said most kids can’t juggle, so he’d hand the recruit the three balls and tell him to juggle. On most occasions, the coach said, the balls would end up at various corners of the living room in a matter of seconds.
The point was that doing three things and doing them all at a high level is difficult. You’re going to have a drop off in at least one area.
That brings me to the Oneonta High girls soccer, girls basketball and softball teams during the 2012-13 academic year.
I don’t know of any world-class jugglers by name, but I have to believe they’d have been impressed by the Yellowjackets’ performance over the past 10 months.
The soccer team went 18-3-1, won its second straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference title and advanced to the Class B state final, falling 3-1 in overtime to Greece Odyssey.
The basketball team went 20-2, won the STAC title, won its record sixth straight sectional title and advanced to the state semifinals, falling, 55-53, to an Irvington squad that went on to win its fourth straight Class B state championship.
The softball team went 17-3 and handed eventual Class B state champion Windsor one of its two losses.
Now for some trivia, Jeopardy-style.
Answer: She was the lone girl to appear on OHS’ varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams in the 2012-13 school year (cue the music).
Question: Who is Minnie Webster?
Her highlight this season came in the STAC basketball final when she hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 4.1 seconds left in overtime to give OHS a 57-56 victory over Horseheads at Binghamton University’s Events Center.