Tori Oaks Ready to Step Into Canton Leadership Role


CANTON, Ill. — Tori Oaks really enjoys being a multi-sport athlete.

Even in the summer when she barely has time to breathe.

“Workouts Monday, Tuesday and Friday for basketball. And I have Wednesday practice for softball and weekend tournaments for softball,” said Oaks. “It’s kind of crazy.”

Oaks helped Canton High School win girls basketball and softball regional titles in the same year for the first time in history this past school year. Just don’t ask her to choose a favorite between the sports.

“Whatever season I’m in, that’s where I am focused,” Oaks explained. “It’s a toss up right now.”

Oaks will be a senior in the fall. And, along with Blair Jacobus, will take over leadership roles on both her teams.

“Tori is a competitor in every aspect of her life,” said Canton girls basketball coach Jessica Jones. “She’s a great student, good on the softball field, on the basketball floor. More than anything, she competes every day.”

Oaks loves her busy summer schedule but what she doesn’t love is playing without her older sister Sophie who graduated from Canton in May. This summer she’s learning how to play sports without her lifelong teammate.

“For the most part we have always been together,” Oaks said. “It’s a big change but I know she’ll be in the stands watching me play. I always go to her for any questions I have about the game. Not having her there is a lot different.”

She’s played with her sister since T-ball and YMCA basketball in Canton. But now Tori Oaks is preparing for a big year when her teammates will be following her.

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