Shawntel James is a senior, three-sport athlete at Jimtown High School. James competes in track, volleyball and basketball. She is also a two-time state finals qualifier in the long jump event. She recently signed to play volleyball at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.
Q: What has it been like to juggle all three sports?
A: It’s been pretty hard. I’m used to it since freshman year. It’s definitely a challenge sometimes, but I love it. I couldn’t imagine not doing three sports now. Not doing three sports in college is definitely going to get to me. I love the three-sport aspect.
Q: Why did you sign to play volleyball instead of track or basketball?
A: Volleyball, I started probably in fifth grade. I started basketball in like third grade, but once I started volleyball, I knew that’s what I wanted to do after high school. It really stuck to me. I couldn’t imagine not playing volleyball after high school so I decided to play volleyball.
Q: What do you enjoy about the basketball, volleyball and track?
A: With track, I love long jump. I don’t really like running but I enjoy doing the 100. Long jump is my favorite in track so that’s why I do track. Basketball, I just love the game. It’s so competitive. Volleyball, I’m competitive. Just having everyone on the court and just knowing you’re together on a team. I love it and the game of it is so competitive.
Q: What track events do you do?
A: Long jump, 4 by 100 (relay) and 100-meter dash.
Q: What are your other interests outside of sports?
A: I love hanging out with my family and friends. I’m really family-oriented. I love hanging out with my best friends. I’m always busy with sports so when I get the chance to, family and friends.
Q: What was your reaction to getting signed to play volleyball?
A: It was exciting. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play volleyball because it was a stressful recruitment process. When I finally found the college I loved, I knew that it was the one for me. It was a weight off my shoulders.