EAST PEORIA, Ill. — She remembers watching East Peoria in the state softball finals a couple years ago.
Sarah Lahood would like to go there and play at state this spring.
“(Being) on the team now, it’s awesome,” said Lahood. “I hope we get the opportunity to play in the state game.”
Lahood is a three-sport athlete that will play volleyball and softball in college. Her high school career has been full.
The East Peoria thirdbaseman is the student council president with a top grade point average which earned her the Pete Fisher Law Enforcement Scholarship last week. She’ll study bio psychology and forensics at Monmouth College.
And Lahood is one of the faces of East Peoria High School. She gives school announcements and sports results on “Inside The Tribe,” a student-led weekly TV program.
“I wanted to leave a legacy at school so people will look up to me, like underclassmen, (who) will say I want to be as involved as she was,” Lahood said.
“She does it all,” said EP softball coach Denee Menzione. “The student body looks up to her, her teammates look up to her. It’s that contagious personallity, contagious laugh. She’s very intelligent. Her future is bright.”
She’ll graduate Sunday and look back at four fast years of high school that, she says, has set her up to succeed in college.
While barely slowing down to catch her breath.
“I didn’t want to go home and just do homework,” Lahood admitted. “I wanted to go to the field or court and start practicing and working towards games.”