Some athletes work their whole career for a starting spot on an athletic team, while others are used to the limelight. At Walton High School, such is the case for Sierra Contreras, who has made the gym her home away from home, starting on the volleyball team every year since 9th grade.
"She has matured so much, and can handle a lot more coming at her and is able to lead and take over and be that leader for our team," says head coach Marla Harrell, who's coached Sierra since her freshman campaign.
Sierra isn't just leading on the volleyball court, she's a star on Walton's basketball squad too- suiting up once again since her freshman season.
"It was definitely nerve wrecking at first, especially being so young and being on Varsity, so you know there's a lot of pressure," she says. "But here, all the girls, we really get along, so you feel welcome. Then you just get used to knowing what your job is, and then you do it."
Sierra knows what her job is not only on the court, as she's won countless Coaches and defensive awards, but in the classroom as well, as she boasts a 3.8 GPA.
"It definitely takes a lot of extra time," she says. "When I have free time after a game or practice, so when I have extra time, you have to have the initiative and do what you have to do."
"Being able to manage the homework and the practice and the games, and being able to perform in the classroom well- she's able to do that," Coach Harrell says of her athlete.
Working hard for her team has translated to Walton's success- as the Lady Braves went 18-9 last year as District Runner-Ups, and are off to a good start this season, currently 6-1, and knows that this year, is her last year to make a statement.
"As far as when we play, there's no maybe get this, maybe get that- you just go all out. I play 100% always, because I might not get to play again. You just gotta give it your all- all the time."
Judging by her successes in the books, success on the court this season, doesn't seem too far away. Sierra says she wants to major in Criminology or Sociology, as far as what sport to play in college, she says she doesn't care, she just wants to play ball.