Westlake junior Lindsey Holley did not know what to do this past Sunday.
Unlike other high school students who have plenty of time to socialize and study during weekends, Holley rarely gets a day off from her demanding athletic schedule. The 16-year-old midfielder on Westlake's girls soccer team also plays on two travel teams and runs cross-county for the Wolverines in the fall. In the winter, she runs indoor track and swims. To top it off, she plays tennis in the spring.
Holley, who also maintains a 3.9 grade point average, would not have it any other way.
"I have always loved to play sports," said Holley, who earned athletic letters in all five sports last year. "It's also more than just playing sports--you get to meet new people, and that makes up for the missed sleep and the torn muscles."
Holley's travel soccer teams--the under-17 Waldorf Piranhas, who won the divisional championship in June, and the Maryland district select--have her playing in tournaments almost every weekend.
That's why Sunday was an oddity: Holley had nothing planned. Well, not at first.
"I just sat around most of the day and caught up with some sleep and played tennis with my friends and got ice cream at Friendly's," Holley said. "When those days are open, I feel extremely lazy, but they are great to have once in a while."
On a typical Monday during the fall, Holley is at school from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and then at Wolverines soccer practice from 3 to 5 p.m. She heads to Piranhas practice from 6 to 8 p.m.
That sort of schedule began to wear Holley out last year, she said.
"Last season, because of all the soccer I was playing for three teams, I was getting soccered out and it was hard to stay focused," Holley said. "That is really when I got into cross-country a little more. Soccer is the sport I live for, and the other sports are to help me play soccer."
Cross-country obviously helps keep Holley fit. But it does more, she says.
Cross-country meets "are usually my personal time," said Holley, who did not finish lower than fifth in a dual meet last season. "It is my time to be by myself when I run."
Westlake cross-country coach Jimmy Ball believes that Holley could be one be one of the top runners in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference in cross-country if she focused on that sport.
Holley "finished 13th in the SMAC and the region her freshman year without practicing," Ball said. "That proved to me that she had the strong will and attitude to be a great athlete. I'm just pleased that when she has the time from soccer, she helps us out in cross-country. . . . She is probably one of the toughest girls we have at Westlake."
There is no chance of Holley devoting her attention to just one sport any time soon, she said. She especially would have a hard time leaving the soccer field, where she controls the entire right side during games.
Holley "is an excellent player; we are afraid of her," St. Mary's Ryken Coach Dick Schmidt said. "She is so fast and such a skilled player."
Jim Johnson, the Westlake girls soccer coach, believes that Holley, a three-year starter, is "the epitome of an athlete."
Holley "is very intense on the field but very social off the field," Johnson said. "She is a consummate teacher and is very popular on the team."
Her father, Richard, knows first-hand the rigors Holley faces.
"It takes an incredible amount of discipline to stay active in so many sports," Richard Holley said. "It is not something she can do half-hearted. You get concerned about it sometimes, but she seems to be doing fine with it."
CAPTION: Soccer standout Lindsey Holley, shown during practice, has lettered in five girls sports for Westlake.