Athletes with the ability and dedication to do so can still excel at other sports while developing their basketball games by playing for JB Hoops teams and training at Backcourt Hoops in Scranton.
Holy Cross senior Lexi Walsh is the latest to prove that point.
Walsh broke the 20-minute mark while running away from the rest of the field to win her second Class A title Oct. 25 in the District 2 Cross Country Championships at Lakeland High School.
After missing the race because of an illness as a junior, Walsh returned to win again. And, just as she did in 2015, Walsh led the Lady Crusaders to the team championship.
Walsh, who recently committed to continue her athletic and academic careers at Temple University, finished the 3.1-mile course in 19:51.85 to win by 45.67 seconds.
The district title places the entire Holy Cross team at Saturday’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships in Hershey where it competes in the first race of the day at 9:30 a.m.
Walsh earned a state medal in 2015 when she finished eighth in the 226-runner field to lead Holy Cross to a fourth-place team finish.
After making the NEPA Flames teams as a fifth-grader, Walsh stayed active at Backcourt Hoops, progressing to the JB Hoops team in eighth grade and staying active until completing her time in the program at nationals this summer in Oxon Hill, Md.