North Marion’s Shelby King collects athletic letters like it’s a bottle cap. The diverse senior is set to letter 10 different times in multiple sports.
Once this year is complete, she will accrue four soccer letters, three softball, two swimming and one basketball.
Last year, King was dominant on both the softball diamond and on the soccer field. Her ability to hit in the No. 1 spot on the softball team and her ability to be a dramatic scorer and a pure defender on the soccer side allowed for her to be a versatile athlete that puts her over the edge.
“I look at each sport as, ‘You need to do this for this sport whenever it comes around – it’s this sport and only this sport,’” King said. “You can think about the other sport on the side, but when it comes down to it, you have to practice at a sport and play it as a sport. Preparation is the key.”
As a junior in softball, King was the spark of North’s engine. She led off for most of the season, and her ability to get on base allowed for her teammates to get RBI after RBI.
But the main reason her teammates were able to get so many runs batted in was the fact that King was sneaky fast on the base paths.
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