Lake’s Maddox a three-sport All-Conference star

FELTON — When you first meet Mya Maddox it’s hard to believe that dwelling inside her petite frame is an outstanding multisport athlete.

Maddox, who transferred to Lake Forest following her freshman year at Woodbridge, has already accomplished something very few athletes can lay claim to – being named to the Henlopen All-Conference first team in three sports before completing their junior year of high school.

Having already achieved All-Conference status in softball and basketball as a sophomore, Maddox made it three out of three when she was named to the field hockey All-Conference team this past fall.

Maddox attributes her achievements to being exposed to athletics throughout her childhood.

Spartans junior Mya Maddox excels in three sports but said basketball is her favorite. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

Spartans junior Mya Maddox excels in three sports but said basketball is her favorite. (The Journal/Jeff Mitchell)

“I mostly credit what I have done to all the hard work I’ve put in with my dad, Jimmy, my sister, Tiarra, and my uncles for always motivating me to do my best,” she said. “Also, God has blessed me with a lot of athletic talent and the will to always do better.

“Our family members are all competitors. So, what they have done in their past careers is what I want to do in mine.

“While trying to live up to what they have accomplished puts some pressure on me, it really is a big help in the long run. What helps me achieve my goals is knowing what my family’s expectations are for me.”

Tiarra, who was a standout field hockey and softball player at both Sussex Tech and Woodbridge and is currently attending Wesley, was a definitive role model for Maddox.

“When I was a little kid, I always looked up to my older sister,” Maddox said. “I always wanted to be around her and wanted to do whatever she was doing.

“I always wanted to support and watch her whenever she was playing. So, when she started to really get interested in softball, I wanted to do the same thing.

“Whatever she was trying to do when she was practicing in the backyard with my dad, I always wanted to try and do it 10 times better. Even though I didn’t always succeed, she always did her best to push me to the limit of what I could do.

“Her expectations of me are out of this world, so I always do my best to make her proud.”

Another close relative that has done very well athletically is her cousin, Jerrell Allen, who was a standout athlete at Milford that was drafted following his senior year by the Kansas City Royals.

Not only is Maddox an accomplished high school athlete, she is also a very good student.

“The last time I checked, my grade-point-average was 3.6,” she said. “While I don’t have that much time because of sports and school work, I would not change a thing.

“Because I have been doing it most of my life, I’m able to juggle sports and studies very well, including playing and/or practicing softball year around.”

Included among her softball accomplishments is representing the Delaware Little League District III (Sussex County) team in the Big League Softball World Series, which was played last August in Roxanna.

Out of the three sports she plays, softball takes up most of her time.

“I think, because I started at such a young age, softball is something I do all year,” said Maddox. “Also, I feel I have more talent in softball and want to do whatever it takes to get better.”

Softball, however, isn’t her preferred sport.

“My favorite sport is basketball,” said Maddox. “I like it because you are always moving, always doing something and it’s the most challenging for me.”

While it’s still more than a year away, Maddox is thinking about which sports she will concentrate on at the collegiate level.

“If I could play college basketball, that would be amazing,” she said. “However, right now, I’m trying to do my best in all my sports and whatever [college] gives me the best scholarship in whichever sport is where I’m likely going to attend.”

Maddox did go on to say that if she was offered equal scholarships in each of the three sports, she would probably pick basketball.

“Mya is like our Energizer Bunny,” said Lake Forest girls’ basketball head coach Trenita Shields. “She works extra hard in basketball because it doesn’t come as natural for her as softball and field hockey.

“Mya is a good role model for our team because she works extra hard in doing her best to make her teammates better. She knows, by doing this, she will do better because her teammates will be pushing her to do better.”

Shields added that Maddox is her team leader on the floor and is getting more comfortable as the Lady Spartans point guard.

“My idea of a good point guard is that player needs to be my eyes on the floor,” said Shields. “While taking on the pressure of being our point guard was hard for her at first, Mya is quickly learning her position and getting better each game.”

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