To be an athlete at the collegiate level takes a lot of focus, drive and effort to juggle both classroom and athletic responsibilities.
McPherson High School's Alisa Becker is going to do it with two sports.
Becker signed her letter of intent Monday to not only play volleyball for Baker University, but also throw the javelin for the Wildcat track and field team.
"I think I'm up to [playing two sports in college]," Becker said. "I used to play three sports, so I've been able to balance between school and the court before."
Becker was a middle hitter for the Bullpup volleyball team, though she only stands 5-foot-9, but more than makes up for her lack of height at that position with a deceptive amount of power.
"She's not typically the giant middle that you would think," MHS coach Christy Doile said. "But blocking, she was our best blocker. She's really good at it. Blocking technique, she always picked up on it really easily. Some other girls we teach it and teach it, and they just don't get it. But she was a natural."
Both Doile and MHS track and field coach Jace Pavlovich touted Becker's strength, noting she was part of the state powerlifting team and was on the record board her sophomore and junior years for the high school SPS program, with Pavlovich noting she most likely will serve again her senior year.
Becker made the state track and field meet her junior year, finishing 14th in the javelin with a throw of 104 feet, 3 inches. She also tossed the discus 102-7 in the meet.
"She works really hard," Pavlovich said. "She's got a great upside. She had a great end-of-the-year last year in javelin, qualifying for state. And we look for some great things from her this year. But, as hard as she works in the weight room, she's got a lot of physical tools. If she can hone in on her skills a little more, she's going to be great."
Becker made the choice to attend Baker after the first visit, which was her first college visit, overall.
"I really liked the campus," Becker said. "All the people there were really nice. It was just that feeling when you first walk on campus. I just really enjoyed it there."
Becker, the daughter of Judy and Ken Becker, plans on majoring in nursing.