Who says there’s nothing to do in Poolville?
Not Tracy Johnson.
The Poolville High School senior competes in volleyball, cross country, basketball, tennis and track.
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"I am very competitive and passionate about all sports," said Johnson. "I set my mind to be successful and that’s what I do."
And she’s good at each. This time of year she’s helping the Lady Monarchs to their fifth volleyball playoff appearance in six seasons, along with qualifying for regionals in cross country.
"Tracy epitomizes what every coach wants in an athlete," said Poolville athletic director Steven Stegall. "If we had a Mount Rushmore for Poolville athletics, Tracy’s face would be on it."
Her many sports accolades include being the district newcomer of the year in volleyball and basketball, first-team all-district in both sports, along with all-region and all-state in basketball.
And she’s smart.
Johnson’s been named academic all-district, is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes president, National Honor Society vice president, senior class vice president, and student council vice president.
Johnson is trying for a return trip to state in cross country. She qualified as a junior, and reached regionals as a freshman and sophomore.
"I plan to be back at state, hopefully taking my team with me," she said.
She finished fourth in the recent 11-2A meet. The Lady Monarchs qualified for regionals as a team by finishing third, and were competing in the Region II Meet at press time.
She’s also qualified for state in tennis with doubles partner Dylan Higgins last season. She qualified for regionals in track as a freshman and sophomore.
But her favorite sport is basketball. And it has given her some of her greatest sports memories.
"I can recall being in preschool, and when we would go outside to play, I would immediately go to the Little Tikes goal and shoot the whole time that we were outside," she said. "My teacher said she remembers me always being so serious while shooting baskets."
In her freshman season, she helped the Lady Monarchs to their first playoff appearance since the 1970s. They followed that by winning a postseason for the first time since the 1970s.
And last season, she surpassed the 1,000-point career mark in scoring.
"I was happy when my coach informed me that within the first part of the season of my junior year I had met this accomplishment," Johnson said.
"I didn’t realize that I was that close to a great accomplishment."
Making the last feat even more impressive that, with the exception of last season, she started basketball season a little late because the Lady Monarchs reached the volleyball playoffs - which they’ve done again.
"She is somebody who thrives off the pressure," said first-year volleyball coach Kendal Bracy. "Athletes with her character and drive don’t come around often, and I’m thankful to get to be a part of her senior year."
Johnson’s father played junior high sports, and her mother ran track and was on the dance team in high school. Her brother, also a Poolville graduate, played basketball, baseball and ran cross country.
And her younger sister, a freshman, also plays every sport possible.
"Hopefully we will get some playing time together," said Johnson.
And, of course, she dreams of playing in college.
"I want to play basketball somewhere, but I would love to stay in Texas," she said. "I’m also not opposed to playing other sports, too.
"I haven’t completely decided what I want to do (study), but leaning towards sports trainer."