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Lions’ Wilson finds time for volleyball

October 23, 2003

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One day later, Sydney Wilson was back at it.

Just 24 hours after her longest, most grueling, most draining, yet most rewarding round of golf in her young life, Wilson put on another Lawrence High uniform. A black volleyball jersey with a red numeral. The number one. A number that almost preceded her name just one day earlier.

Wilson ended up taking second place, not first, at the Class 6-5A girls state golf meet Monday, shooting a phenomenal round of 78 at the 18-hole Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita. The sophomore was just two strokes away from the state title, won by Tara Godeken of Dodge City. Two strokes from becoming Lawrence's first state champion in girls golf since 1991.

Wilson left Auburn Hills 10 hours after she arrived Monday. She returned to Lawrence late Monday night -- too late for most -- and spent little time reflecting over her great day. No time celebrating her state finish. No time resting from a high-stake, intense round of golf.

Nope, it was back to business as usual. After going to school Tuesday, Wilson suited up Tuesday night for the LHS volleyball team -- she's just a sophomore, remember -- and saw her first varsity action in Lawrence's 2-0 victory over Leavenworth Immaculata.

Was she nervous about playing varsity volleyball? Not because of the pressure. You want pressure, you go out on the golf course and compete in a two-hole playoff with a former state champion, Overland Park Aquinas' Annie Giangrosso, with a second-place finish on the line. Oh yeah, and the sun already left for the night, too.

Now that's pressure.

No, Wilson had the jitters because she hadn't been at volleyball practice in a few days, and felt a little out of sync.

Such is the life of a multitasker. There's only one place you can be at a time, and that's perhaps the biggest annoyance of all.

It never ends for Sydney Wilson. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I've grown accustomed to it," Wilson said. "It doesn't seem that challenging. I'm pretty used to it."

Wilson's not the volleyball star -- not this year. She won't be all-state. She probably won't even letter. She spent most of the fall season dominating on the golf course, then paying her dues on the Lions' sophomore volleyball team.

Her golf accomplishments alone speak volumes. But to throw volleyball, another time-demanding sport, on top of it? It's borderline exhausting.

"That kid is awesome at managing her time," LHS volleyball coach Jo Huntsinger said. "She's an extremely competitive, aggressive athlete."

Fortunately for Wilson, Huntsinger and LHS girls golf coach Mike Lewis have never asked her to choose. Whether she continues to play two fall sports her final two years is up to her, but she no doubt has the potential to shine in both before too much longer.

But if she cuts back to one, can anyone blame her? After all, everyone deserves a break every once in awhile. And Sydney Wilson hasn't had one in a long time.

"I'll get one pretty soon," Wilson said Tuesday. "In a couple weeks, I should have a break.

"Well ... until basketball starts."

Another day passes for Sydney Wilson. Another day with way too much going on.

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