Danica Roady finishes off a stellar senior season
The Portland Lutheran senior wins our small-school award, representing the Blue Jays in cross country, basketball and track
|Danica Roady, sr. Portland Lutheran|
|Cross Country, Basketball and Track|
Danica Roady began absorbing basketball before she picked up her ABCs in school. While her older siblings were off on their own adventures, Danica would tag along with dad to the gym on Saturdays where John Roady was busy officiating middle school games. By the time Danica hit third grade coaches would ask her to fill in when players were late arriving.
One week there's a team with just four players, so they put Danica in and she hits a couple buckets right away, John said. Well, eventually their whole team shows up, but the coach keeps subbing Danica into the game. Afterward, he came up and asked me if I could bring her every week.
She shows off her three-sport prowess the best during the track and field season where she earned a spot on the podium in the high jump, discus and 800-meter race at Hayward Field last month.
Danica, whose favorite subject in American History, was awarded a Presidential scholarship to attend Pacific Lutheran University and is traveling to Tacoma a couple times a week to compete in the Lutes' basketball summer league.
Other school winners...
Portland Lutheran Sami Howard
Damascus Christian Hunter Straub
Corbett Josie Fort
Pick up our Friday, June 12, print edition for the full story.