EGHS senior excels in so many ways
By Gregory A. Scibelli - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., May. 11, 2011
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Dani Davis awaits her doubles match at East Granby High School, getting the rare chance to sit, relax, and cheer on her teammates in the singles matches.
Pretty soon, the rest of the day is going to fly by for the high school senior, who has racked up accolade after accolade and shown a versatility that is rare among people. She has a tennis match, homework, and then she may possibly mix in some riding on her horse before the day is through.
Davis has proven to be a stellar athlete, but is also a skilled equestrian. She does both equally well, and still finds enough time to get her homework done, because if she does not, she could see those activities disappear.
“It’s about working hard every day and staying organized and getting things done,” said Davis. “My parents want me to do well in school, and if I don’t, they would start taking activities away.”
She not only does well in school, but Davis sports a 3.94 grade point average and holds a spot on the National Honor Society at East Granby High.
Davis’ long athletic resume includes 11 varsity letters in three sports, and she is heading to college to play one of those sports. She plays soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and has been playing tennis for the past few years in the spring.
She said the challenge of balancing everything is what keeps her going.
“I challenge myself to be better every day when I do things,” Davis said. “I am very goal-oriented and I want to keep achieving things.”
In addition to her varsity sports, Davis also has played AAU travel basketball, a program geared at keeping top players on the court once the high school season ends.
“She can do a lot of great things when she is on the court,” said Tim Dougherty, her basketball and tennis coach all through high school. “She is a leader out there, and she has always done everything she has ever been asked.”
One of those things asked of her is to score points. And score she did. She holds the rare record of achieving 1,000 varsity points, performing as both a small forward and point guard during her high school career.
Dougherty said he is always amazed with how well she picked up tennis, and is proud of her progress during the past two years.
“We placed her and her partner in the number two doubles position,” said Dougherty. “In that position, you have to win 75 percent of your matches in order to qualify for the tournament.
They went 12-4, and that is amazing for a pair in the number two position their first year. She just picked up the sport quickly,” Dougherty said.
After playing AAU basketball for one spring, Davis was asked to join the tennis team.
“My friend Rachel wanted me to come out, and we decided to give it a try,” said Davis.
Davis also made the varsity soccer team as a freshman and played all four years. For her high school career, she has been an All-Conference selection in soccer, and an All-Conference and All-State selection in basketball. Her go-ahead lay up gave the East Granby basketball team a win in the semifinals of the conference tournament, and a rare trip to the finals.
But when she is off the athletic field, Davis is also riding her two horses at the Echo Ridge farm in Suffield. There, Davis has trained and also worked with her sister riding horses and participating in local and national shows.
This summer, she will travel to Oklahoma for a national competition. While there, she will receive the 2010 Youth Equestrian Award. She began riding at 5 years old, when she asked her parents to begin taking lessons.
She feels she has accomplished a lot in her young life, but hopes to continue working hard in college and make strides on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Women’s Basketball team. She also plans to continue riding horses with her sister.
“I still love to do it, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon,” she said.
Davis plans to major in environmental engineering at WPI.