by SEAN BLEVINS
Occasions Sports activities Editor
ADA – Success is Courtney Sumner’s three-sport life-style. Ada’s Excessive College is formidable and adventurous because it comes on and off the sector.
There are just a few Ada sports activities data that may stand by the point Sumner graduated. She digs her identify into the varsity’s report books in actual time as a result of she now owns the skilled dig log for the volleyball program. On the basketball court docket, 366 factors separate her from her profession report, which she expects to surpass the place she had 402 a yr in the past. She was the Northwest Convention champion within the lengthy soar when she was a sophomore.
Sumner’s volleyball prep profession is full. She performed a libero heart for her membership’s fifth-grader, however didn’t return to that position till this season. She was a right-sided hitter in her sophomore yr and performed exterior batting final yr.
“I all the time knew she was considered one of our greatest backs along with her bangs, even early on when she was within the fifth grade she was hitting the ground,” volleyball coach Ada Kylie Woodruff stated of Sumner, who performed in faculty for her all 4 years.
The swap to the libero occurred as a result of Woodruff believed it was the subsequent needed step in Sumner’s progress as a pacesetter. This determination paid instant dividends. The Bulldog’s whole win final yr has greater than tripled. Earlier this season, Sumner broke this system’s report with 42 holes per recreation, then adopted it up with a 47-hole efficiency lower than per week later. She’s sitting at 407 profession pits after Tuesday’s recreation.
“Irrespective of the place the ball goes, I am assured I can get there,” Sumner stated. She often finally ends up with flooring burns because of her willingness to plan something.
Woodruff stated Sumner’s means to learn the ground set her aside from anybody else. It brings unparalleled vitality and drive. It was an honorable point out for all of the conferences final yr and you’re prone to get much more honors this yr with the season you’re in.
Volleyball holds a particular place in Sumner’s coronary heart – however her thoughts is about on enjoying basketball on the subsequent degree – ideally for a college near dwelling.
Sumner is nice at volleyball, however she stated her real love is the ring. She solely wants 367 factors to beat Morgan Dumbo’s mark of 1,367 factors.
Her former Ada coach for the previous three years, Morgan Bass, stated Sumner has been the highest ball participant on the women’ basketball program from day one. She has been the most effective shooter and prime scorer on the crew since she was a scholar and has labored tirelessly to hone the craft.
“It is all the time been an important competitor, and we have seen the competitors get stronger by the yr,” Bass stated. “We continuously talked about utilizing her small body to her benefit. Due to her velocity, she will be able to simply get previous defenders.”
Bass stated Sumner’s mixture of measurement and velocity is a part of what makes her a power on each ends. She is expert at getting thefts and may rating from wherever. This devious guard has earned eight titles throughout the 2nd crew in every district, and the 2nd crew in all counties as a junior. It was an honorable reminiscence for all conferences as a sophomore and sophomore.
Sumner will take extra accountability on her entrance web page as a senior captain beneath new coach Zach Reeker.
He stated he tasked Sumner with getting her teammates concerned extra as a result of everybody knew she may rating. She had a really busy, however fruitful summer season in tournaments for Ada and the Novice Athletic Union (AAU) crew, the Dayton Girl Hoopstars.
Basketball and volleyball aren’t the one sports activities you wish to break data in. Sumner stated she is wanting ahead to the spring observe season as a result of she is simply 5 inches away from reaching the varsity’s lengthy soar report.
She added that she believes the 4×4 relay crew has a excessive probability of going state and breaking the varsity report, which continues to be three seconds away from doing. Sumner has acquired some observe curiosity from space schools, however has made it clear that she prioritizes enjoying faculty basketball.
Though her life revolves round year-round sports activities, she is extra than simply an athlete. With a mean of 4.0 factors, Sumner is considered one of 9 Ada college students in line for honors. She remembers loads of late nights over the previous few years doing her homework after midnight after not coming dwelling from sports activities occasions or exercises till then. I made positive to get the whole lot accomplished and get it proper regardless that there was a minimal quantity of free time.
Sumner stated she desires to grow to be an elementary faculty instructor after her enjoying days, so she’s going to main in early childhood training in faculty.
She’s as goal-oriented as a excessive schoolgirl as you will discover. The fireplace lit beneath it might get hotter. You’ll undergo something on its approach to greatness. You can be a freshman within the recreation eternally. She is considered one of Ada’s most achieved folks and her story continues to be being written.