- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - If you were to ask Greta Eder what her favorite sport was, you certainly wouldn’t be the first

“I’ve been asked this many times,” Greta laughed. “It changes throughout the year. During volleyball, I think, ‘Oh this is my favorite, it’s so fun.’ But then track comes and I’m like, ‘Oh I love track so much.’”

It is not unusual for a high school athlete to play multiple sports throughout the school year. However, it is less usual for an athlete to play two sports during the same season.

That’s what Greta, 16, has done the past two fall sports seasons at Williston Trinity Christian School, where she splits her time running cross country and diving on the volleyball court for the Crusaders, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/2fpw1NS ) reported.

Her cross country coach and father, Bryan Eder, believes if she focused on cross country, she could significantly improve her times and compete for first place finishes.

But Greta is not interested in dropping either sport. Not only does she enjoy each one too much, but she knows she would leave a significant hole on her volleyball team if she left.

“We don’t have many subs in volleyball, so even if I wanted to quit volleyball and just go to cross country, it wouldn’t be very good for my teammates,” she said.

And with Crusaders volleyball on the rise, Greta would leave a big hole. Trinity Christian took third in district and lost to Powers Lake in the regional tournament. The team should return every starter next year and could make a push in regionals.

For Greta, time management is the name of the game. Last season, she found herself stressed and tired with a full course load, plus the two sports. This year, the coursework has been less strenuous, leaving more time for rest and recovery.

“Just all around, I don’t seem as tired,” she said. “My hitting started improving. But it was mostly keeping my energy.”

Greta also saw improvement in her cross country game. The times from last year aren’t quite comparable since the races went from four kilometers to five, but Bryan sees a better runner.

“I think (she) ran better at state this year even though she fell back a few places,” he said. “It was a longer distance and it was a tough surface. It was really rough and lumpy.”

“There was even a mini cornfield in the middle,” Greta joked.

As if two sports and class don’t keep Greta busy enough, she also plays clarinet in band and takes piano lessons.

“It’s always trying to plan out things and reason out what I should do instead,” she said. “I like to do a bunch of extra hobbies at home, too. It’s always trying to plan how to get enough sleep and have time for homework. It’s a bit of a struggle.”

Greta is interested in learning other instruments and learning to crochet. Bryan said much of Greta’s enthusiasm for all kinds of events and hobbies comes from her “people pleasing” personality.

“I tried to tell her you have to learn how to say no sometimes,” he said.

“I’m a procrastinating, people-pleasing perfectionist,” she proclaimed.

Greta is now moving into basketball for the winter season, where she plays point for the Crusaders. Trinity Christian is bringing back their girls’ basketball after a brief hiatus. Due to low numbers, they will play a varsity/JV mixed schedule this season.

When spring rolls around, it will be back outdoors for Greta where she runs track for the Trenton-Trinity Christian co-op. She is a mid-distance sprinter, focusing on the 800 and 1600 races.

By participating in sports year round, Greta is never out of shape. She laughed recalling the conditioning practices for volleyball in the preseason where her teammates demanded to know how Greta wasn’t gasping for air after a set of sprints.

“If you never get out of shape, you don’t have to suffer to get back into shape,” Bryan said.

Greta hopes to continue playing sports in college, where she might consider focusing on just running.

But for now, she will continue playing every sport she can.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com


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