(Emma Oyomba, who is going to be a senior at Norwalk High School, has attracted interest from colleges to play basketball and lacrosse. It is both a great and confusing situation, made more so because Emma is uncertain if she even wants to play a sport in college. Emma has agreed to write Emma’s Dilemma for Overtime so we can follow her along on the process to her ultimate decision.)
Hi everyone! Some of you may know me as the tall forward who plays for Norwalk High’s girls basketball team. But, after this past lacrosse season, you may also know me as the tall attack on Norwalk High’s girls lacrosse team.
Either way, my love for these two sports has landed me with this blog. Emma’s Dilemma is an account of my journey through deciding on not only if I want to play a sport in college, but which sport I want to play.
First, let me warn you that this blog is not for the faint of heart. I can be very indecisive and change my mind at any time. This blog isn’t a walk in the park, it is a roller-coaster. So be prepared to strap in and join me on this journey.
I have been playing basketball since I was in 5th grade. I was coerced into playing by a bunch of my friends and ever since then basketball has been my life. The number of hours spent practicing, playing and thinking about it is endless. I always thought this would be the only sport I would play … then I came to high school.
My freshman and sophomore year I was a three-sport athlete, playing field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. I had some experience with field hockey but absolutely none with lacrosse. The spring of my freshman year was the first time I had picked up a lacrosse stick, and to this day I love the sport.
Let’s rewind to December of my sophomore year. I was having a great basketball season and the future looked bright for me and my team. A couple of games into the season I got hurt. Now, I am not one to get seriously injured. The worst injury I had was a sprained ankle. So when I found out I tore my ACL, my mom and I took a boat home because I cried myself a river. I was completely devastated not only because I had to get surgery and rehab but because I had to miss the rest of basketball season and lacrosse.
After 11 months of rehabilitation, I was ready to go for basketball. I had not played in almost a year, and getting back into the shape I was in wasn’t a walk in the park. The season started off slow, with three straight losses.
But the only way you can go from there is up. Our team got it together and our fourth game marked the beginning of a nine-game winning streak. During this time I loved my team, the fans, the school spirit and most importantly, the game. The highlight of my season was scoring 33 points and grabbing 31 rebounds against New Canaan. This game was the icing on the cake that sparked some interest from a few colleges. Ending the season with a division title under our belt, making it to the second round of states and receiving second team All-FCIAC was great, but I was ready to move onto lacrosse and see how the season would turn out.
At the beginning of lacrosse season, my coach told me I was on varsity but would most likely not be on the field. He thought this season would be for regaining my stick skills and getting back into the swing of things. To his surprise and mine, a couple of games into the season I was in the starting lineup. As the season progressed I was playing almost the whole game and putting in goals. Our team had made school history in several ways and boasted five tremendous seniors going to D1 and D3 schools for lacrosse and one for field hockey. The way our team came together and my raw talent for the sport sparked some surprising interest by colleges.
So you may ask yourself “what is the so-called dilemma?” The problem is that I never pictured myself playing a sport in college. Maybe it is just my modesty but I really didn’t consider myself good enough. Aside from that, I have been playing sports since 5th grade. Balancing academics, work and sports is no easy task.
I want to enjoy my college years and maybe get an internship or job, even study abroad. If I do choose to play, it is a major commitment that I don’t know I’m ready for. As if deciding isn’t enough, I have interest from colleges in a sport that I have been playing at the varsity level for just one season. All of these opportunities are coming so fast hopefully this summer will help me realize what path I want to take.