The fact that Senior Forest Hills Central senior Theryn Hallock can create a scoreboard is excellent.
However, Hallock did not set up a scoreboard like it it did Tuesday night.
Hallock, a Division 1 Michigan Associated Press basketball player of the Year and a Michigan State commit, hasn't played soccer since the eighth grade. Despite his belief, those who attended the game between the Rangers and the Byron Center on Tuesday night might have had trouble believing it.
In their OK White Conference opener, the Rangers defeated the Bulldogs 4-0, and Hallock scored a hattrick in her third varsity game.
"Honestly, when I went into the game, I didn't expect it because Byron is a really solid team, and they were really good last year," Hallock said. "But I was mentally prepared and so was our team. Every time someone got me the ball, I went whole effort and did my best to achieve my three goals. I was really excited, and it felt really good."
Last season, the Rangers took the lead in Division 1, but the Bulldogs beat the Rangers 2-0. Hallock and Dailey Tucker each added a goal.
Hallock started her career by putting her attention away from soccer after middle school to focus on basketball despite starting her sophomore season. With 1,589 points, the 5-foot-9 guard had averaging 26 points this season, including 11.4 assists and 6.5 steals.
AAU basketball coach decided to return to the soccer field after losing three games. She has scored four goals in the first three games.
I decided to play soccer because I don't have AAU, but I would never have any conflicts, Hallock said. I promised Coach (Ashley) Ludtke that she would compete for her over the past couple of years and never had it. I have followed my vow this time.
"I have a lot of friends who play, and I know a lot of girls on the team, so it's nice to play with girls that you enjoy being around. It's nice because I'm staying in shape before I go to Michigan State, which is obviously going to be a lot of work, effort, and effort. It's important to keep myself in shape and being around my friends is the best part about it."
The Rangers will be back in action Friday when they host Grand Haven at 6:40pm in a non-conference game. FHC once again has set big goals. The addition of Hallock hasn't hurt either.
I had an opportunity to meet with Theryn since she was a freshman at FHC, Ludtke said. I am a big fan of basketball as well and watched her play as a freshman. We kept in touch the past couple of years, and she was a huge supporter of our team even if she wasn't on the team.
"She is a fantastic athlete, but what has impressed me the most about her is her team attitude. She is always trying to improve the people around her, and I think that is a huge part of being a leader on the field. She is constantly asking questions and is constantly looking to find out what she can do personally to become better and how she can assist her teammates in our quest."
Ava Wilberding and Olivia Bowling are all back, alongside forwards Dailey Tucker, Claudia Folkert, and Ruthie VanSkiver. The Rangers lost in the state semifinals to their eventual Division 1 winner 3-2.
Ava has played tremendous in the opening games of the season, Ludtke said. She has been a mainstay on our team. Olivia is returning for us and both are captains for us and excellent leaders, and their work ethic is incredible.