Years ago in club soccer, Kayondra Hood had the game of her life, scoring five times. Bet she never thought she’d do that again. But on March 9, the Mitchell junior did just that, netting a handful of goals in a 10-0 win over Harrison.
While she hopes to lead the Marauder to the Class 4A playoffs for the second straight year, Hood also prides herself in being a multiple-sport athlete. She plays volleyball and runs track and will make her return to the basketball court next year.
Playing so many sports does have its pitfalls.
“When I was a freshman, I got to a soccer game out of town and I brought my track jersey instead,” Hood said. “Sometimes, I get overly excited and just want to get to the game and I leave things behind. I rode the bench that day, so I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
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What’s your platform on your run for senior class president?
One school, one team. Everybody should support everybody. When our girls’ team played Wasson in basketball, we didn’t have many people since they were at the boys’ game at the same time. We need to go back to having a doubleheader so our fans can be at both games. That’s what I would do.
What stoked your desire to study fire science when you get to college?
I like fire, and I’d definitely be the one to start a fire in chemistry class. Actually, I’ve blown up a microwave, on accident. I stuck a cheeseburger from Wendy’s in there with the wrapper on it. Honestly, I want to be able to help people, and I’m looking at (University of) Colorado and a few schools in Florida that offer fire sciences.
What’s your big activity for spring break?
I’m looking forward to just being able to hang out with all my friends. I’ve lived here all my life, and through sports, I know people from all over the city, especially Sierra. I grew up with all the Sierra kids until I moved over to District 11 in sixth grade.
Does playing in so many sports wear you out?
Not really. I think that all around, it keeps me in shape. I lift weights three times a week, run, stretch, and have even attempted yoga. It makes me feel healthy.
Tell us about your family.
My mom is Erika and she’s a critical care tech at Memorial Hospital. My dad, Danani, is a business major at Pikes Peak Community College. I have two little sisters — Deyonna is 11 and Nitara is 9.
Does your talent in track translate to success in soccer?
Especially in the Harrison game, I definitely had some good runs, and I was able to outrun most of their defenders. Our goalkeeper and I played on the same club team, and she had a set play where she’d punt it in my direction and I’d go get it.