Calhoun High senior Erin Davis stays busy year-round as a student-athlete for the Lady Jackets, and she doesn’t just participate in three different sports, she excels in all three.
Davis is a well-rounded athlete that has made her mark in volleyball, basketball and track during her time at Calhoun as she’s been a big part of a lot of team success.
This past fall she was a key piece in Calhoun Volleyball’s run to an area title and the program’s first-ever trip to the Elite Eight while holding down the setter role and impressing as the team’s top server.
She continued her senior sports campaign by putting together an outstanding season on the basketball court. Davis was the team’s point guard, top scorer and a major disruptor as part of the Lady Jackets’ full-court press defense. She did all that while being looked to as the team’s leader while being the only senior on the roster.
Davis will finish off her high school athletic career this Spring when she competes for Calhoun’s track team. She will be asked to score points in multiple events for the Lady Jackets and has made it a goal to qualify for the State Meet after falling one place short last year at Sectionals.
Recently, the Calhoun Times caught up with Davis to discuss the upcoming track season, the tough end to her final basketball season a couple weeks ago, the responsibility that went along with being the only senior in basketball this year, what it was like being a part of program history for Lady Jackets’ softball, her memories as an athlete at Calhoun, the influence her coaches have had on her and her plans after high school, among other subjects.
Here’s what she had to say:
CT: You are about to start your senior track season. What events will you be competing in and what are your expectations for yourself and the team?
DAVIS: This year I think I’ll be competing in a lot of events because we lost a lot of people from last year. So now I’ll probably be doing the 100, 200, 4x100, triple jump and long jump. I’m going to try to get faster in the 100. Instead of running a 14 (second time), I’m going to try to aim for a 12. My individual goal is to be in the top eight this year at sectionals instead of No. 9 so I can go to State. For team goals, we want to win our region.
CT: How tough was it to go out in the first round of the region tournament in basketball and have your season and career end so suddenly?
DAVIS: I was sad. I knew it was going to be a tough game since we had a lot of younger players. I knew I was going to have to step up and play my hardest. It just didn’t go the way it should’ve gone. But somebody had to lose and somebody had to win.
CT: How much responsibility did you take on this past basketball season being the only senior on the team?
DAVIS: At first, I was scared because I was the only senior, but then everyone kind of knew that I had to take the most responsibility so they gave me some slack. When it came to region time, I just took over because it meant more to me since I was a senior. It was a lot of pressure though because they were all looking up to me to get the job done.
CT: You were a part of a team that made history for Calhoun’s volleyball program this past Fall. How much fun was that team to be a part of and what were the biggest reasons the team was so successful?
DAVIS: Volleyball was the best. I think we were that successful because we all believed in each other. We never let one of us get down. We always picked each other up and encouraged each other to keep pushing and getting the ball over the net. The best part of volleyball was winning the area title and going to State. That was the best. I love volleyball. I think that was what made us a better team this year than last year.
CT: What is your best memory as an athlete at Calhoun High?
DAVIS: It would be winning the area in volleyball and spending time with the girls and Coach (Randy) Rice.
CT: Which one of your coaches has had the biggest influence on you and why?
DAVIS: Coach Kayla (Ralston). She always told me that I could do it and to never give up. I can do whatever I want if I put my mind to it. I think of that whenever I want to give up. I think of Kayla telling me to keep pushing.
CT: What is it like playing in rivalry games against team from the same area like Sonoraville and Gordon Central?
DAVIS: Playing in a rivalry game feels like a championship. I feel like everybody is going to try to go after each other. Nobody’s going to back down. It’s the best. The atmosphere is there. It’s a lot of fun.
CT: Who is an athlete you admire or try to model yourself after?
DAVIS: My cousin Tamia (Wade). She is my role model because even though she might not be good at something, she’ll keep doing it until she gets it down pat. And I just feel like I want to be like her because she doesn’t give up and always keeps trying.
CT: What are your plans for after high school?
DAVIS: I plan to attend Union (College) and run track with Tamia. I want pursue a major in education and become a P.E. teacher and coach.