BOBCAT OF ALL TRADES
Here's the main thing to know about Union senior April Savely: she doesn't believe in idle time.
"I don't like having time to kill, I like to be going," Savely said. "I'm an outgoing person, I just like to be doing things."
Those "things," have kept Savely awfully busy over the past four years.
Savely, a center and two-year starter on the girls basketball team, is the Bobcats leading scorer this year at 14 points per game after averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game as a junior.
As a junior, Savely was honorable mention All-Wapiti League in basketball and was named to the all-tournament team at district finals.
There's also the part-time job, the 3.855 grade point average, volleyball in the fall and softball in the spring.
In 2002 Savely was part of Union's 2A state championhip in volleyball and 2004's runner-up team.
"It's crazy sometimes," Savely said, laughing.
According to Union head basketball coach Wayne Herron, Savely's biggest assets are her ability to deal with pressure situations and being able to focus when it's time to compete.
"April understands about getting herself mentally ready to play," Herron said. "She's been really solid for us and that doesn't come as a surprise."
Herron also points out that as a senior Savely has taken on a leadership role with some of the younger post players, specifically freshmen Shelby Williams and Carrie Stratton and sophomore Larne Sheehy.
"She's really good about helping, leading, coaching them up," Herron said.
Savely says she feels comfortable as a team leader.
"The other girls asked me to come out this year and work hard and take it to them," Savely said. "So I come out and try to work them over. It's good for them though, it happened to me with Jana (Brotherton) when I was a freshman and sophomore.
"We're all friends anyways, so it'll only make us all better."
Union senior Angela Collins, Savely's teammate in all three sports since they were freshmen, says one of the best things about Savely is her competitiveness, her uncanny ability to throw the switch as soon as she steps on the court.
"We're great friends," Collins said. "But whenever we're going against each other in practice, as soon as it starts it's like a knock-down, drag-out battle.
"As soon as you step off the court, though, there's that friendship again, she's the first to say, oh, man, that was a nice score,' I can always count on her to be there during games."
At 5-foot-9, Savely usually gives up a couple of inches to post players on other teams.
It's where her mental toughness comes into play.
"Since it's my senior year I want to do everything 10 times better than I usually do," Savely said. "And since I'm a senior and have been playing so long I know almost every other post player in this league, so I try to outsmart them."
"Her overall post play has been great," Herron said. "Another real asset for us is she shoots free throws really well. If she gets fouled and goes to the line then you can count on her to step up and knock down her shots."
Last season, Union lost to Portland Christian, the eventual 2A state champion, in the second round of the state tournament.
Union, 6-5, opens Wapiti League play Friday, hosting Enterprise. Game time is 6:30 p.m.