Elizabeth Thompson participated in volleyball, track and basketball all four years while in high school. She was All-Region in volleyball her senior year.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
Elizabeth Thompson participated in volleyball, track and basketball all four years while in high school. She was All-Region in volleyball her senior year. In track she was part of the 4×400 relay team that finished eighth at state in her freshman year. As a junior she was part of the 4×800 relay team that finished fourth at state and a 4×400 team that finished seventh. She was the 2015 Vocal Solo State Champion as well as being on the honor roll all four years in high school. She also tied for first in the top of her class.
Her preparation for being the best athlete she could be was by working hard in practice. She stated that “being in three sports, it was hard to really focus on just one during the little time that was the off season. However, during the off season I just tried to do something active every day.”
For inspiration she looked up to several major athletes. As an underclassman she mostly looked up to Cassie Holt and Kaitlin Reitz. She commented that “they were such hard workers and amazing athletes, but never flaunted it. By wanting so badly to be on their level, I think I pushed myself a lot harder than if I hadn’t been in the same program as them. Not to mention they were always extremely supportive of me and their other younger teammates.”
As far as good advice she received, she said “you are not entitled to anything, but there is nothing you can’t earn.”
A couple of the funniest moments she enjoyed were playing the “Skittles Game” in volleyball and playing one-handed basketball with Brianna Robinson during warm-ups.
She commented that the biggest disappointment was losing in the second round of the regionals. She stated “I think I was so disappointed because we just happened to have a bad game that night and it stunk to end on a game that definitely did not show what our team was actually capable of.”
She plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., for either pre-medicine or civil engineering.
Elizabeth finalized by adding; “I was just proud to be a Night Hawk.”
I would like to add that Elizabeth always gave her best on and off the playing field and was a joy to watch in her sports. She said that she was proud to be a Night Hawk but she also made the Night Hawks proud. She will be missed.