High School Insider: Valley's Everett stays busy by playing four sports

High School Insider: Valley's Everett stays busy by playing four sports

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High School Insider: Valley's Everett stays busy by playing four sports

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Broc Everett’s car trunk sometimes looks like a sporting goods store.

Given the time of year, he may have stowed golf clubs, a baseball glove, track spikes and a basketball. And plenty of West Des Moines Valley shirts.

Everett expects to graduate with 11 letters in four sports. He competed in golf, basketball, track and baseball last school year as a junior and plans to pursue all but basketball during his senior year.

“Ever since freshman year, I’ve always been on the go constantly,” Everett said. “When I’m sitting down at home, I feel like I’m doing nothing.”

Everett has been a rare four-sport athlete at Iowa’s largest high school. He’s played golf since age 3, went into T-ball and AAU basketball by 10 and went out for track when he was a freshman.

“I think it’s just the enjoyment that keeps me coming back,” Everett said.

Everett compiled a junior year that is hard to top. He played on Valley’s state fall golf champs, played forward on his school’s Class 4-A state basketball tournament team, ran distances from 400 to 1,600 meters for one of the state’s top track programs and pitched for the Tigers’ state baseball tournament team, which was a state semifinalist.

He credits his parents, Larry and Mary, with urging him to compete in multiple sports.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be playing any of these sports,” Everett said. “Whether it’s driving me to pee wee soccer practice and tee ball and putting all that money into all the equipment.”

That versatile attitude was emphasized to him when he was young.

“They said you can play any sports you want,” Everett said.

He’s an intense competitor and is very agile. The lefty can swing a golf club nearly as well with his right hand.

Everett drove a golf ball against a tree in one meet. He pulled a right-handed 7 iron from his golf bag and smashed the ball to within 10 feet of the cup that awaited him 165 yards away.

His versatility serves him well in other endeavors, too. He’s a 3.8 student who is considering studying chemistry in college.

Everett’s also an all-state singer. It’s that extracurricular activitity that makes him nervous — not running before thousands of fans at Drake Stadium or driving to the basket in front of a huge state tournament crowd at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It’s just nerve-wracking compared to sports,” Everett said. “Choir, I get nervous when I sing in front of people.”

He balances his time carefully each day between sports, activities and studies.

“You just have to plot your time really well,” Everett said. “When I begin the day, I know what schoolwork I have to get done and the sport I’m doing.”

Prep flashback

Ashten Stelken towered over most opponents on the volleyball court. Since she stood 6-3, that was a feat she often accomplished.

Stelken starred at West Delaware of Manchester, graduating in 2005.

She went on to play at Northern Iowa, where the middle hitter was a two-time all-Missouri Valley Conference performer.

Stelken compiled more than 1,000 kills during her four-year career. She averaged a team-best 3.57 per set as a junior.

She may have been best known for her blocking skills — she tallied 583 total blocks as a Panther.

Northern Iowa went to three consecutive NCAA tournaments with Stelken in the lineup.

Stelken helped West Delaware to state runner-up honors twice. She also played basketball and was a state track qualifier.

Stelken now serves as a coach and teacher in Iowa City.

Prep web extras

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Prep Spotlight

Pasta and pride: Des Moines East will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help replace equipment that was destroyed in a locker room fire in July. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hy-Vee store at 2540 E. Euclid Ave. in Des Moines. East activities director Ric Powell and football coaches are scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m.

Power rankings: The top five girls’ swimming teams are Ames (1,637 points), Cedar Falls (1,519), Johnston (1,473), Iowa City West (1,421) and Pleasant Valley (1,398).

Speedy success: At least two boys are competing in cross country wheelchair races this fall. Linn-Mar of Marion’s Jordan Houdeshell and Camanche’s Drake Sachsenmeier have already entered races. The athletes were part of the first state wheelchair competition in the country last fall.

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