Stacie Bailey: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week October 3


ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- East Rockingham High School's Stacie Bailey will certainly go down as one of the best athletes in her school's young history.

In three years as an Eagle, she has won three state championships, one in tennis and two in basketball.

"Well I feel really blessed because not a lot of people make it to that level. You can't accomplish something like that without hard work and without people around you who push you to do your best," said Bailey.

Tennis and basketball are just half of her workload; Stacie holds school records in track and is a captain on the volleyball team.

"A three time state champion, in other sports. That brings a wealth of experience for us on the playing court and knowing what the pressures are. Just having that extra person that's there helping coach the intangibles. She coaches their character as much as I do," said Bailey's volleyball coach, JT Oates.

Also on the list of athletic accomplishments for Stacie, a two-time Shenandoah District Player of the Year in tennis, but she's also a champ in the classroom.

Stacie somehow finds the time to maintain a 4.1 GPA.

"As soon as I get home I'm eating and and doing homework at the same time. I stay up late a lot, barely ever get to bed before 12:00," said Bailey.

"She's an ideal example of what we'd like to see our student athletes be. Work hard in the classroom, and that usually translates and parlays over to their activities on the field," said Lee Stover, Stacie's biology teacher and track coach.

Stacie hopes to play tennis at the college level, but still has unfinished business on the hardwood in her senior season, "Another state championship would be nice. You just work hard and hope that you get to the top."


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