SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sometimes there is no better feeling than just coming home, kicking off your shoes, relaxing on the couch and watching television after a long day.
For Sissonville sophomore-to-be Karli Pinkerton, those days rarely occur.
Pinkerton is a three-sport standout for the Indians. She fields balls as the shortstop for the softball team, plays midfield and wing on the soccer team and directs the offense as the point guard for the basketball team.
"They feel like full-time jobs because I have to work at it all the time to be successful,'' Pinkerton said of playing three sports. "They require dedication and effort. I also have to do my schoolwork. But I love doing it all."
Even when school is out of session, Pinkerton expects to be busy, as West Virginia's three-week approved summer practice period starts Monday.
On most school nights, she may not even open a book until 9 or 10 p.m. due to practice or a game. But that hasn't deterred her from achieving excellence in the classroom, as she has a 4.0 grade-point average taking honors classes.
"I have to stay up late at night to study for tests and do homework often,'' she said, "but I have my family to support me and get through it."
The physical demands and obligations for each sport, along with the educational requirements, have increased as Pinkerton has gotten older. But she's used to juggling three sports and her academics regularly.
"I have been playing three sports since I was like 5," Pinkerton said, "so it's really nothing new."
While she does admit that giving up one of the sports would enable her to have more free time and focus on the other two, Pinkerton can't imagine giving up on her teammates, whom she considers family.
"I have had thoughts about maybe giving up soccer so I can work harder on softball and basketball," Pinkerton said. "But I couldn't let my teammates down, so I continue to play."
Her dedication is no surprise, though. Ask people in the community about Pinkerton and some of the more commonly used words to describe her would be "unselfish" and "team player."