In the world of high school athletics it is extraordinary these days to have multi-sport athletes perform at a high level in all three major women's sports — volleyball, basketball and softball.
Troup High School's Josee Ross has done just that in the past 12 months and for that reason she has been named as the 2013 Daily Progress Sportswoman of the Year.
Ross, a junior, was named as the District 18-2A Offensive Player of the Year in basketball last year after averaging 17 points per game. She also pulled down an average of 13.4 rebounds a night.
In the spring Ross moved out of the gymnasium and onto the softball diamond where she continued her rein as one of top pitchers in the area.
After going 21-6, with an earned run average of 1.22 and striking out a whopping 300 opposing batters while walking only 47, Ross was named as the District Pitcher of the Year.
Ross also excelled with the bat.
She hit .416 for the Lady Tigers and belted four home runs while driving in 34 runs.
This fall Ross turned her attention to volleyball where she was voted as the District Most Valuable Player.
Ross collected 433 kills, 428 digs, 52 service aces and 36 blocked shots in helping guide the Lady Tigers to an undefeated district title and a deep post-season run.
According to Ross' coaches at Troup her success comes from her dedication to athletics and from maintaining a strong work ethic.
Ross comes from one of East Texas' most athletic families — her brother Tell is the head baseball coach at Troup, sister Janna is the Lady Tigers' basketball coach and sister Jessica plays volleyball at UT-Tyler, along with a younger brother who is a 7th-grader in Troup, and is an athlete as well.
Josee Ross' coaches say that she defiantly is not one to hide behind the family name and that her sacrifices have enabled her to earn the success that she has received to date.