Two sports, one season for Schuylerville senior Alex Drohobycky

Drohobycky and her fellow cheerleading teammates at a football game in October
Drohobycky and her fellow cheerleading teammates at a football game in October

Alex Drohobycky is doing something unlike any other Schuylerville student. It requires time management, a positive attitude, and an endless supply of energy. The Schuylerville High School senior is participating in two varsity sports in the same season. But that’s not all. She is also a member of three clubs and enrolled in eight classes.

“I love staying busy,” Drohobycky said. “The busier, the better.”

Drohobycky is a member of both the varsity volleyball team and the varsity cheerleading team for the fall 2016 athletic season. She is also a member of the art club, varsity club and yearbook club.

“Alex came to me in the summer and asked if she could attempt playing two varsity sports in one season,” said Jason Mehan, varsity girls volleyball coach.  “I have always been a huge supporter of students being involved in as many activities as they can in high school, so we discussed the responsibilities of both and I left the decision up to Alex.”

Drohobycky and her volleyball teammates listen to directions from Coach Mehan during a game.
Drohobycky and her volleyball teammates listen to directions from Coach Mehan during a game.

With permission from Mehan and cheerleading coach Katie Nusca, Drohobycky signed up for both varsity volleyball and cheerleading. She says managing both sports, three clubs and her schoolwork is a juggling act, but she has never regretted her decision.

“I learned to take full advantage of my study hall,” Drohobycky said. “I am usually able to get all of my homework from my first class done during my second period study hall, which helps when I get home from practice at night.”

Despite balancing a busy schedule, Drohobycky’s coaches say she was committed, enthusiastic and put forth her best effort every day. During the fall season, Drohobycky didn’t miss a practice, game, or day of school. She would go immediately from volleyball practice to cheerleading practice several nights a week, and often go home covered in bruises from both sports.

“I was pretty impressed, because during a long season even I as a coach would be tired after practice, so to see her go to another practice was pretty impressive,” Mehan said.

“She would end one practice and start the next without hesitation,” Nusca said. “Alex is always a ball of energy, a fast learner, driven, and very respectful to her coaches and team members.”

Drohobycky and her fellow art club members pose in front of AAC Chiropractic after painting a Thanksgiving mural
Alex and her fellow art club members pose in front of AAC Chiropractic after painting a Thanksgiving mural

Drohobycky is not only athletic, she’s also artistic. When she’s not in class, on the court, or cheering on the sidelines, she’s likely sketching or painting.

“Mr. Winslow pushed me to get involved in art club a few years ago and it is really something special,” Drohobycky said. “I enjoy sharing stories through my artwork.”

From art to athletics, Drohobycky says her active schedule has led to many great experiences, but she says she couldn’t have done it without support.

“My coaches and teammates have been incredible,” Drohobycky said. “Instead of two sports, one season, I like to think of it as two sports, one family because they’re always keeping me positive and making me laugh.”

Drohobycky hugging her mom after the varsity volleyball team won on senior night
Drohobycky hugs her mom after the varsity volleyball team won on senior night

Drohobycky says she also wants to thank her mom for being supportive.

“While others thought I was crazy for piling on so many activities my senior year, my mom was encouraging me, cheering me on and pushing me to be my best.”

Drohobycky is already looking beyond the fall 2016 athletic season. She plans to continue cheerleading in the winter, is considering playing lacrosse in the spring and hopes to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall with a major in production management.