PRESSBOX: As a four-year varsity lacrosse player, how have you gotten better each season at Maryvale?
ALLY BLOOD: I think the most important thing I have gained from each season is confidence. Each season, I felt myself grow more comfortable with the girls and my coaches. I have learned a lot from my teammates and my coaches.
PB: Being named captain, what type of advice do you give to some of the younger players?
AB: I think the most important advice is to try new things, play hard and don’t give up. Also, to do things out of your comfort zone to get better — it’s how you practice when no one is looking that matters the most.
PB: Many professional coaches, including Orioles manager Buck Showalter, say athletes should play different sports in high school because it helps with their development and leadership skills. What advantages did playing lacrosse, soccer and basketball provide for you?
AB: Being a three-season athlete has kept me in shape year-round. It also helps with time management. Lastly, from being a three-sport athlete, my leadership skills have improved.
PB: How did the competitive academics and athletics at Maryvale help prepare you for college? Click to read full article.
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