FORT WAYNE – Leo senior Hannah Field ran onto the basketball court at Saint Francis after playing in a softball game to get in the last hour of practice for the 20th annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic, sponsored by The Journal Gazette and McDonald’s.
Always seemingly busy, Field is trying to squeeze in yet another event into her already hectic schedule.
Field is a three-sport athlete – soccer, basketball and softball – and is No. 1 academically in her graduating class. There’s no rest for well, there’s just no rest.
I have always enjoyed sports, said Field, finally taking a moment for a breather after the all-star basketball practice. That has been my life outside of school. That’s just what I have enjoyed doing.
During the school year, it is always stressful. But my parents (Jim and Patricia Field) have always instilled in me that school comes first. And whatever I put into school, I have to put into sports. It is never I had to play in sports or get all A’s, it is work to the potential that you can work to.
Field has always enjoyed a lot of individual and team success on the pitch, the court and field, but this year in has been the pinnacle. In soccer, the Lions advanced to the semistate. In basketball, it was an ACAC championship. In softball, Leo is off to a 14-1 start with a chance at back-to-back sectional titles this season. She also won a sectional championship in basketball as a junior.
This year has definitely been my favorite year sports-wise, said the 5-foot-7 Field, who also set the school record for assists in a season in basketball with 175.
She has been named first-team all-conference and academic all-state in all three sports, and she always seems to be the leader on each team, playing forward in soccer, point guard in basketball and shortstop in softball.
To play three sports in high schools these days is so unique, and to do it you have to be very self-motivated, said Leo girls basketball coach Carrie Shappell, an assistant for the Indiana team in the Border Wars game. From the time I have known her, I don’t think I have ever seen her without a ball in her hands.
This kind of athletic pace began at a young age for Field. She stared playing softball at 4 and added soccer a year later and basketball a year after that. Somehow she also manages to slide in a church youth group every weekend.
The three-sport endeavor looks to be coming to a close, though. A basketball recruit at Manchester College (where her mother is an alum), Field is getting pushed to play soccer and softball in college but doesn’t seem too eager to continue all three sports.
Three sports were definitely stressful enough in high school, and so I want to enjoy college as well, Field said.
In two of her sports, basketball and softball, Field gets to use the same last name in referring to her leader, having the husband-wife team of Carrie (basketball) and Ben Shappell (softball) as her head coach.
They are two completely different coaches, Field said of the Shappells. Carrie Shappell stomps her foot, and Ben is more laid-back. I have enjoyed having both of them. All three of my coaches (Jerry Jenkins, soccer) coach in completely different ways.