She’s an excellent sophomore.
Alliance Excessive College standout La’Kasja Edwards is making fairly an early identify for herself within the discus and shot put as a key member of the Aviators’ women monitor and discipline staff.
What’s much more unbelievable about her early success is this straightforward truth: She is reaching it with out having the benefit of gaining throwing expertise as a freshman final season. After all, that’s as a result of the 2020 spring sports activities season was canceled by the Ohio Excessive College Athletic Affiliation as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been anticipating huge issues from her final 12 months, after which after we had the COVID, we needed to shut it down a little bit bit, however she went to the indoor season and when she went to the indoor season [and stood out], I knew she was going to be particular,” stated Alliance women monitor coach Gary King.
“I began [throwing] in seventh grade,” stated Edwards. “I’m very athletic and it comes a little bit simpler, however I nonetheless must work onerous. I knew I preferred it once I beat the [discus] document on the [Alliance] center faculty. It was like 88-9 and I threw a 97-8 in my eighth-grade 12 months.”
Edwards is aware of precisely what she needs to perform now that she’s a highschool thrower.
“I’m making an attempt to interrupt the [high school discus] document (122 toes] and at the least get high 5 [at the regional], that’s my mindset,” stated Edwards. “I’m there, however I’m not fairly there but, however I’ll get there although.”
To observe Edwards compete, you’ll by no means know that is her first season on a highschool varsity monitor staff as a result of she is dominating in opposition to competitors that features many juniors and seniors.
Edwards has already secured a lot of first-place efforts in lots of twin meets this spring. Throughout a latest Japanese Buckeye Convention twin meet in opposition to West Department, she gained each the shot put (33-10) and discus (110-0) with nice throws.
However top-of-the-line measuring sticks for her promising future occurred through the Stark County Championships held not too long ago at Perry Excessive College. With Alliance competing within the huge faculty division in opposition to a lot bigger Federal League colleges equivalent to Jackson and GlenOak, Edwards introduced residence two placement awards. She completed third within the shot put (33-5.75) and seventh within the discus (98-5) amongst the very best throwers within the county.
“Within the Stark County Meet she bought seventh [in the discus] and he or she was not comfortable,” stated King. “She has objectives and I’ve a very good feeling she goes to perform these objectives.”
“I’m onerous on myself as a result of I do know I can do higher,” stated Edwards. “I’m making an attempt to interrupt the [school] document right here, and I’ll finally.”
Edwards performs three sports activities at Alliance. She is a goalkeeper on the Aviators’ soccer staff within the fall and performs basketball within the winter.
‘It [playing goalkeeper] is loads,” stated Edwards, who loves the fixed motion the place calls for. “I’ll let you know what, It’s traumatic, however I prefer it.”
King stated Edwards has many individuals rooting her on.
“Her mother and father and grandparents [are big supporters],” stated King. “Her grandfather [Greg Sampson] coached with me in basketball years in the past and her mother performed basketball for me [at Alliance]. And afterward, after we began having open gyms I knew she was going to be a particular thrower.”
King has a sense Edwards goes to be an AHS record-holder earlier than she graduates.
“The [Alliance school] shot put document could also be a little bit far, however the discus document is there for her,” he stated. “She has two nice years to maintain that, and I feel she’s going to. She’s already a record-holder down on the Alliance Center College.”
Edwards is glad to see the climate warming up, which is very useful for throwers.
“It helps loads,” she stated, “as a result of within the chilly your physique is stiff and your arms are chilly and also you don’t have a sense, however this climate is nice monitor climate, particularly for throwers.”
Edwards additionally excels within the classroom at AHS.
“I’m on the respect roll, all A’s and B’s,” she stated of her 3.7 GPA.
The AHS standout completely loves the throwing sports activities in monitor and discipline and needs to have a protracted profession in it.
“My aim is to throw in school,” stated Edwards.
King talked of the speedy objectives he has for Edwards as a sophomore thrower.
“I anticipate her to get to the regional, if she will get to regionals as a sophomore and locations there I feel that could be a good aim for her,” he stated. “I feel she’s going to try this as a result of she’s simply that form of onerous employee.”
King added that athletes who like to compete and be the perfect at what they do are a pure pleasure to educate — and Edwards is an ideal instance of that.
“She performs soccer, she’s on the basketball staff and that is her third sport, and in each sport she tries as onerous [to be the best] as she probably can,” stated King. “She’s only a nice younger woman.”