Lauren Schrader is a throw-back, an old-schooler, a purist. When the seasons change, Schrader changes her sport right along with them.
With this age of specialization slowly creeping up on us, Schrader is the last of a dying breed. She’s a multi-sport student-athlete.
But not only does the Annville-Cleona senior participate in three sports, she competes – and wins.
So in Schrader’s world, if it’s spring time, it must be softball season.
As the spring season winds down, Schrader has been a key cog in the Little Dutchmen’s push towards a District Three Class AA postseason berth. She plays a stellar third base, hits near the top of the Annville-Cleona lineup, even pitches a little bit – but most importantly, she leads by example.
This week, Schrader’s Little Dutchmen closed out their regular year with a 15-8 lambasting of Lancaster-Lebanon Section Four rival Pequea Valley. Annville-Cleona ended the season with a 12-7 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the section.
In the fall, Schrader played a similar role in Annville-Cleona’s highly successful field hockey campaign. Then in the winter, Schrader toiled on the hardwoods for the Little Dutchmen basketball squad.
– Jeff Falk