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Shelby Staib is this year's Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year. Copyright - (C) Shelby Staib is this year's Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year. Copyright - (C)

Staib excells in both of her sports

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Rising senior Shelby Staib of Parkland High School has a lot of confidence and momentum heading into her final year as a Trojan student-athlete.

She capped off her junior campaign with her first ever district championship in the javelin at the District 11 meet back in May, a few weeks after winning gold at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet.

Staib was also a member of the girls basketball team that earned berths in the EPC and District 11 6A tournaments. With her success during the 2017-18 athletic season, she has been voted as the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year.

“As a freshman, I looked up to student-athletes like Cathleen Gaffney, who went on to play lacrosse at the collegiate level,” said Staib. “As I have become one of the upperclassmen, my involvement in sports has allowed me to become a leader and mentor to younger players. I have also gotten the chance to be a member of the National Honors Society and have tutored other students.

“Thanks to the encouragement and guidance of coach Denise O’Connell, coach Will Robertson and coach Wes Spence, I have been able to grow as an athlete at Parkland High School.”

Staib worked hard on her craft prior to her junior season. In a field event like the javelin, one must continue to build arm strength, and just like every other sport, practice as often as you can. Last May at Whitehall High School proved that hard work pays off, as she threw for a mark of 122-03 to finish in first place and qualify for her first appearance at the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University.

“Winning my first district event in javelin and qualifying for states was a huge accomplishment for me,” said Staib. “I spent a lot of time over the offseason lifting and working on both my upper body and lower body strength. Also, entering into track season, I focused mainly on technique