Olds ends strong prep sports career

REED CITY – Her Reed City High School sports career ended recently, but for Alyssa Olds, it was a memorable one.

Olds played volleyball, basketball and softball. For the Reed City softball team, it turned out to be the team’s second straight Division 3 championship season.

Olds played a key role for the 2018 Coyotes. She had surgery during the 2017 spring season

This spring, Olds scored 21 runs, had nine doubles, three triples, 17 stolen bases, 25 RBIs, a.348 batting average, .572 on-base percentage, .875 fielding percentage and academic all-state honors.

“It feels really good because I’m a part of this one,” Olds said after the district tournament. “I just had (ACL) surgery (in 2017).”

Strong defense helped the Coyotes to their 24-win season, as far as Olds was concerned. But timely hitting also came in handy.

“Watching the ball, keeping the head down,” was critical to good hitting, Olds said.

She played center field for the Coyotes and was satisfied with his defensive abilities. Olds has also thrown out runners on bases with her arm. But making tough catches was especially gratifying, she recalled.

Olds played two years of softball and four apiece of basketball and volleyball.

Alyssa Olds connects with a pitch.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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