Lindsay Konias, Elizabeth Forward High School
Rarely at a WPIAL Class AAA school the size of Elizabeth Forward does an athlete earn letters in three sports.
Lindsay Konias did, in softball, basketball and volleyball.
More impressively, she lettered four years in each sport.
Former softball and volleyball coach Sandy Smith offers some relevant insight into this gifted athlete.
In Konias' freshman season, Smith kept five returning players and cut everyone else except freshmen. Five freshmen competed for starting jobs, including Konias at second base.
"Lindsay's performance was inconsistent, and she knew I was seriously considering a veteran player for second," Smith said. "Approximately a week before our opening game, Lindsay called me at home. Typically, I do not get calls at home from players, but I am receptive if they wish to discuss relevant matters in a respectful and rational way.
"Lindsay was troubled by her inconsistent play at second over the past few weeks and she was confident she could do better. She was calling to respectfully request that I take a second look at her in practice," Smith said.
"I was impressed by this freshman's maturity, sincerity and the confidence conveyed in her voice. I kept a close eye on her in practice. By the end of the week, she lived true to her words and played steady, competent defense. She earned her position and started every game at second for the next three years."
Smith says she felt this story captured several significant characteristics of Konias.
"It is rare to find a young athlete who possesses the self-confidence, maturity, intelligence and communication skills to approach a coach and negotiate reconsideration for a position," Smith said.
Konias suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) playing summer basketball last year. She had surgery and could not play volleyball and basketball.
Regardless, she was named captain of the volleyball team.
Her doctor told her she should be able to resume competition this spring in softball.
True to form, she put a positive spin on her time on the sideline.
"I've been able to learn coaching techniques that will help me become a better leader," she said.