2-Sport Star Excels Despite Hectic Pace

Scholar athlete anna leeSchool: West Jessamine High

Grade: 11

Sport:  Soccer & basketball

Academics: Anna has a 3.0 GPA in mostly advanced classes, has taken two A.P. classes and is a member of FCA.

Parents: Donna & Chris

Is there a busier athlete in the Bluegrass than All-State soccer player Anna Lee of West Jessamine High?

Since her freshman year, the 16-year-old junior has played varsity soccer and basketball – two year-round sports whose seasons overlap.

Add playing on the Lexington FC Select soccer team and you’ve got one hectic schedule.

February is particularly busy. While leading the girls basketball team to the best record in school history (the Colts have won 15 of their first 20 games), Anna also practiced with the Lexington FC.

Some days it’s two hours of hoops practice after school, a quick dinner and then 90 minutes of soccer practice.

No wonder she packs a huge bag of equipment before she heads off to school every day.

“It’s like she’s packing for a trip,” her father, Chris, said. “It amazes me how she gets it all done.”

Being organized is a must, Anna said. “I’m responsible about my schoolwork. I have all my school stuff organized,” she said.

Anna has a 3.0 GPA in mostly advanced classes. She has taken two A.P. classes and plans to take another as a senior.

She’s also active in her church and is a member of FCA.

Although she has played on the varsity basketball team since seventh grade and leads the team in scoring and assists as the point guard, soccer is her better sport.

She already has committed to play in college at UK where, at 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds, she might be the smallest player on the team.

But size has never slowed her down – she’s always been the fastest player on the team.

An attacking midfielder, Anna has led the Colts in assists the past two years and shared the scoring lead at 20 goals per season.

Anna was selected to the All State first team as a junior after making honorable mention as a sophomore. She has been All-District since ninth grade.

In two of the past three seasons, the Colts have advanced to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in quest of the school’s first State title.

Girls basketball has been an overlooked sport at West Jessamine until this year – the school’s first winning season.

“Nobody cared about basketball before,” Anna said.

“Now people actually come to our games. The culture has changed.”

Proof positive that Anna’s hectic schedule has paid off.

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