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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

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Portland Lutheran senior Danica Roady was the team's top runner in cross country, a school record holder in basketball and a three-event state placer in track.

Small-school division

Team Score
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.

Email: dball@theoutlookonline.com

Twitter: @DaveBallSports


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