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Addy Beck Balances Three Sports With Ease

Quinn Rudnick
Sophomore Addy Beck plays three varsity sports at Creek; soccer, basketball, and flag football. She finds passion in each sport, and hopes to play D1 in the future.

The pressure to perform in sports at Creek is huge, and many athletes struggle to balance just one sport with their academics and social lives.

But sophomore Addy Beck has built a trifecta of varsity sports at Creek, making a name for herself in soccer, basketball, and flag football. Her constant devotion, practice, and passion, has been balanced with her schoolwork and friendships for years.

“I think soccer growing up was just for me to always have fun and I think I had coaches that just killed that for me,” she said. “But I was still gonna play because it’s the game I still have some love for.”

Kicking a soccer ball was just the beginning of her athletic abilities. After that, Beck shifted her attention to basketball camps in fifth grade, which created a new perspective for her. She was able to find the sport she really loved.

“I had [a] coach who really brought it to me and he was like, ‘You can go places with this, you’re really good, you’re really athletic,’ Just from that I’ve learned, for basketball, [that] I’m gonna work hard and get where I can,” Beck said.

The 2023-2024 basketball season gave Beck a place to showcase her skills, even allowing her to play in the Denver coliseum. Her abilities were able to help the team play up to the Great 8 before ending their championship run in a loss to Regis.

“Addy brings a lot of positivity and calmness to the court that is unique to see especially in such a young player,” junior point guard Molly Dorighi said.

But those two sports were not all that Beck had in mind. Right before the start of her sophomore year, she decided to work for a spot on the flag football team.

“I decided to do flag football this year just for fun. I think it’s the best thing for me to have as much fun as I can while I’m still in high school,” Beck said.

Beck was able to earn a spot on varsity, despite it being her first time ever playing flag football, and she was also able to gain friendships throughout the season.

For Beck, it’s really difficult to be able to have personal time to rebuild herself while constantly being at a game for whichever sport is in season.

“I think physically sometimes I’ll overdo myself, especially as a three sport athlete, I’ll think I’m fine. Then I’ll be like, ‘I do feel like I need to take some time to recover.’” Beck said.

With the CHSAA rule preventing sports games on Sundays, Beck has had a chance to recharge herself and have a social life. “It’s really nice for me to do all my homework or hang out with my family, especially my little brother, and I think just balancing a good schedule,” Beck said.

Still having two years left in high school gives Beck the chance to improve her athletic abilities and gain more attention from college coaches that can lead to possible offers.

“I think having that first official visit [at Denver University] was really eye opening and it made me realize that I really want to do this,” Beck said. “I think it’s always been a thought in the back of my head to play D1 or wherever is possible.”

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Briana Flores
Briana Flores, Chief Photographer
Hello, My name is Briana Flores I'm a junior currently at Cherry Creek High School and this is my first year in USJ here at this school. I really enjoy playing volleyball as I'm currently in a league outside of school. I also enjoy listening to music or hanging out with my friends. I'm doing journalism because as the years have gone by I have found much interest in writing and also photography, and I felt like journalism is the perfect match for that. I really like reading articles that are published and finding out crazy information or about something I have never heard of. I like learning about the world and current events as I hope others can enjoy that as well. I am hoping to pursue journalism and psychology in college. 
Quinn Rudnick
Quinn Rudnick, Editor-in-Chief
Hello, my name is Quinn Rudnick, and I am the USJ's Editor-in-Chief. I am a senior at CCHS - and this is my fourth year on staff at the USJ. I hold a strong passion for both journalism and photojournalism, and intend to pursue a career in politics and law. As a journalist, I strive to present information to the student body and beyond in a factual and digestible fashion. The importance of journalism is based in allowing the public to understand what's happening around them, so that is what I strive to do. I write a lot about local and global politics, as well as local theatre and events around the school. You can find me at a lot of Creek sports games, fueling my passion for sports photography and reporting. Outside of the USJ, I follow Formula One racing, the Nuggets and the Avs, and I love being outside, whether that's on hikes, or by snowboarding and mountain biking. 

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