Nobody told her it would be easy.
That's why she accepts the challenge.
Jim Thorpe High School's Cat Condly participates in both cross country and girls' soccer, two fall sports that often have practices, meets and games at the same or overlapping times.
"Cat has been running and kicking since the seventh grade," says her father and Jim Thorpe soccer coach, Tom Condly. " She likes them both, but her preference is soccer, and I guess you could say her running has kept her in great condition for playing soccer."
The Olympian senior works out her daily schedule in detail. She checks with cross country coach Drew Benyo first thing after school to see how far the team's daily practice run will be. Then Condly will go to a two- hour soccer practice followed by a one mile run on her own to continue her CC conditioning. Then, on certain days after both school sports are completed, she practices for a Lehigh Valley club soccer team she recently joined.
It's now 8 o'clock. She grabs a bite to eat, Then it's time to do her homework. And if you think she takes it easy on the weekends, think again. She works a part time job on Sundays.
"Sometimes I feel overwhelmed," says Condly, "but it's what I choose to do and I really love it all."
Despite the exhausting daily schedule, Condly has already achieved success on both the course and on the field during the early seasons of each sport. She recently finished fifth for the JT harriers in a tri-school meet in which 14 total runners ran the 3.1 mile course. In soccer, the three year captain has scored four goals in the six games played thus far.
"I love competition," she says. When I run I compete against myself so I really strive to improve my times. In soccer I compete as hard as I can for my team so we can win the game. The sports may be different, but the competition keeps me motivated."
There have been times when she has run her cross country race after school and one hour or so later she plays in a two hour soccer game. Yes, she admits to getting tired, but her competitive adrenalin kicks in so she never appears to run out of gas.
Condly, who also plays basketball and runs track for Jim Thorpe, says that her ultimate goal is to play soccer in college. For now, though, she has actually become a trend -setter as JT classmates, Ilse Hassler and Zach Nace also participate on both their cross country and soccer teams.
"For me, it's the best of both worlds," says Condly.
And for those who think that many young people today lack motivation and have too much time on their hands, they might want to stand up and applaud the self-driven efforts of Cat Condly.
Her success stories have just begun to be written.
SOCCER SUCCESS The Pleasant Valley and Northwestern boys and girls soccer teams have made strong statements during the first month of the season. Pleasant Valley is a combined 14-1, with the boys sporting a perfect 7-0 mark and the girls holding a 7-1 record. Meanwhile, both Northwestern soccer teams combined for a 13-1-3 overall record. The Lady Tigers sport a 6-0-1 mark with their only blemish being a 1-1 tie with Southern Lehigh, while the boys are 7-1-2 on the year.
HOLY HAT TRICKS Hat tricks (individually scoring three goals in a game) don't happen very often, but don't tell that to TIMES NEWS area athletes. In the first month of the season, there have already been 10 hat tricks recorded in soccer and field hockey. Palmerton's Monica Wood and Lehighton's Morgan Yurasits accomplished the feat in girls soccer. Northwestern's Kassie Kilanowski, Northern Lehigh's Shannon Weil, Lehighton's Riley Durishin and Pleasant Valley's Melissa Russo did the deed in field hockey. In boys soccer, Lehighton's Anthony Rossino, Palmerton's Austin Shupp, Northwestern's Brandon Ettle and Tamaqua's Josh Delp scored three goals apiece. However, Delp wasn't just happy with a hat trick. The junior Blue Raider tallied four goals in Tamaqua's 7-2 victory over North Schuylkill on Sept. 4, Ian Blythe's first career victory as Tamaqua's head coach.
COLE ON A ROLE Northwestern lost its first two golf matches of the season to Moravian Academy (391-425) and Wilson (423-425), but since that season opening tri-meet, the Tigers have won 12 straight matches. Much of that success stems from two-time TIMES NEWS Golfer of the Year Cole Miller. Miller has shot sub-70 in every match but two (a 70 in the opener and a 36 in an abbreviated round). Miller has torn apart Cherry Valley Golf Club (Par 72) with rounds of 66, 67 and 67; however, his best round of the year came at Blue Ridge Country Club, where he fired an 8-under-par 64.
TIME OUT Northern Lehigh posted a 4-3 Colonial League field hockey victory over Pen Argyl on Sept. 10, but it was how the Bulldogs won that provided all the drama. With the game tied at 3-3, Taryn Kemmerer scored the game winning goal on a penalty corner with no time remaining on the clock.
DIGGIN' VICTORIES Four of the eight TN volleyball teams have started the season on a roll. Panther Valley remains the lone unbeaten team with a 6-0 record, while Marian sports a 6-1 mark. In the Mountain Valley Conference, both Lehighton and Pleasant Valley are 5-1 on the season. The Indians host the Bears tonight in a key MVC matchup, with the winner remaining in striking distance of undefeated Stroudsburg in the league standings.
JORDAN KILLS IT In Lehighton's 16-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 4-15 loss to Stroudsburg, senior Jackie Jordan had a night to remember. The senior outside hitter tallied a career-high 25 kills with a .385 hitting percentage. Jordan accounted for her 25 kills on 52 attempts with just five hitting errors.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS After an eight-year drought, the Pleasant Valley volleyball team captured the championship of the Pleasant Valley Classic with a 28-26, 25-14 victory over Central Bucks East. The Bears finished in second place of their own tournament the past two seasons. The Northwestern girls cross country team also captured the championship of the DeSales University Bulldog Invitational. The Tigers scored 81 points, four points better than second place finisher Perkiomen Valley (85). The Panther Valley JV volleyball team also captured the Oley Valley Tournament with a 25-15, 25-19 victory over Manheim Central.