Playing one sport is hard, playing two sports is difficult and playing three sports is next to impossible.
Yet, it is a challenge Faith Christian senior Hayden Voeller eagerly accepted. Voeller plays basketball, baseball and runs cross country at Faith Christian.
Voeller is the week’s Goldsboro Daily News Male Athlete of the Week for his athletic abilities.
“I prefer basketball,” Voeller said. “I started playing in the third grade. I just like the hype about it. It’s just fun.”
Voeller has been an essential cog in Faith Christian athletics since he was a freshman – but one of many cogs. There were upperclassmen, such as his older brother Cooper Voeller, who kept the line moving as he learned.
Now a senior, Voeller is ready to show off what he learned – and how well he learned it – as he looks to get the Conquerors off to a fast start on the basketball court and baseball diamond later this year.
However, when it comes to running, Voeller is already ahead of the pack. He can run 5,000 meters in 20 minutes and five seconds, which is a school record.
Voeller also qualified for a state championship in the 5,000 meter run last season. Voeller came in tenth place last year, and he hopes to improve his time during his senior season.
“I set personal record time with 20 minutes and five seconds,” Voeller said.
Two seasons ago, on the baseball diamond, Voeller had a .310 batting average and hit 11 RBIs. The Conquerors had their first winning season in a decade and advanced to the North Carolina Christian School 2A quarterfinals.
Like so many student-athletes, Voeller lost his junior season to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voeller said it was difficult losing his junior season, but he is looking forward to one more season of playing his favorite sports with his Faith Christian family.
“Everyone is like a family,” Voeller said. “We trust each other on and off the court, and we all love each other.”
Voeller is unsure where he’ll attend college next Fall, but he’s looking forward to that next challenge.