Student Athlete of the Week -- Chandler Gentry, Madison Co.

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

For four years, Chandler Gentry has moved from the volleyball court, to the basketball court, to the diamond.

"It's very hectic, it's very tiring," Gentry says of her schedule. "Sometimes I have to stay up much later to study for tests."

The Madison senior has been a four-year starter in volleyball and basketball, and will become a four-year starter for the Mountaineers' softball team in the spring. Even though it's been a demanding schedule, Gentry says she couldn't imagine giving up even one of her sports.

"I just love doing something. I think if I quit a sport I would be very bored. I'd miss playing with my teammates, I'd miss playing the sport, and I'd probably regret not playing that sport."

Gentry hasn't just played three sports for four years, she has excelled at all three. She has earned all-region volleyball honors twice, and was named Bull Run District player of the year as a junior. She also has earned all-region honors in basketball and has been all-district each year in softball.

In December, Gentry added another accomplishment to that list, scoring her 1,000th career point in basketball on the road at Warren County.

"We stopped the game and we do a ball presentation, and you know her whole family was there," says Madison girl's basketball coach Katherine Johnson. "She had no idea that it would happen then, so it was fun. The kids all ran out to her."

Gentry is one of only five players in Madison girl's history to pass the 1,000-point mark.

"I was very surprised because I knew it would hit it sometime in my senior year, but I didn't know when I would hit it," Gentry said. "My teammates and my coaches and family kept it from me the whole season."

While Gentry has always been a factor for the Madison girl's basketball team, Johnson says the shooting guard has become more aggressive with each passing year.

"Chandler is ready to do whatever you ask her to do," Johnson said. "She's leading us in scoring, she's leading us in three point shooting. She's just a go-getter now.

"If you've ever watched Chandler play, she's all over the court. Offensive-wise, defensive-wise, she's just all over the place and she will do what it takes to win. That's what she brings to us. Chandler has that no-lose attitude."

Gentry brings that attitude to class with her. She is in the top 15-percent of her class academically, and says she'll make time to study after practice and games no matter how tired she may be.

"I still want to work hard and maintain my GPA," she says. "Hopefully it goes up a little bit more, but I don't want it to go down. If that means staying up until one or two a.m. to study for tests and quizzes, then that means staying up until one or two a.m."

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