Paying little heed to the game : Senior Lauren Umbright, a return to another time, stands tall for Naperville Central

During a time that extols the future school star, Lauren Umbright is the quintessential secondary school competitor suggestive of a past period.

The Naperville Central senior is a three-sport competitor, a disappearing breed everywhere schools. They isn’t the best player on any of their groups, yet they is indispensable to their prosperity.

The 5-foot-9 Umbright was a center hitter on the volleyball crew, plays community for the b-ball group and contended in the bouncing occasions for the JV track group last season.

Umbright likely will pass on a game in school. They shunned spend significant time in one game since they accepts secondary school is an adventure of disclosure.

“I like to try a lot of different things,” Umbright said. “I think it’s fun to be diverse and keep active all throughout the year and see what skills I can develop in each sport.”

“Like, volleyball helped me with jumping, and I can translate that to basketball.”

What is surprising about Umbright is their capacity to play over their tallness. As a center hitter, they contended with young ladies a few inches taller than their, yet the volleyball crew won its first provincial title since 2008.

Umbright is having a comparative effect in ball. They is averaging 6.3 focuses and 9.0 bounce back. The small Redhawks are 5-2 in huge part due to Umbright, whom point watch Gabi Melby calls the group’s paste.

“She is what keeps this team together,” Melby said. “She’s insane. You’re literally standing there on the court, and Umbright just comes out of absolutely nowhere and she gets the rebound or the steal, makes the big plays.

“She keeps the energy up, and it turns the team around.”

Once in a while saw by school scouts, Umbright is transforming a normal group into one that can rival the first class.

“You’ve got to have people like that on your team,” Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum said. “She would be a good 3 or a good 4, and we don’t have anybody else to play 5. So we’re asking her to do something that she’s not necessarily equipped to do, and she’s got to guard taller people.”

Umbright once in a while defeats them. They had 14 bounce back in a 51-49 misfortune to Homewood-Flossmoor, which began three players taller than 6 feet, and pulled down 10 hostile bounce back against unbeaten Benet, which has four 6-footers.

“I make it a habit to box out every time and get a body on someone, and I like to jump,” Umbright said. “I feel like my anticipation is pretty good, but I think a lot of it is, if I box out, I know my teammates can get the rebound too.”

“So it’s just always being aware of where the ball is and where the defenders are on the other team.”

Nussbaum adores Umbright’s mix of information, aggressiveness and regular capacity.

“She is so athletic, and she goes after the ball,” Nussbaum said. “She spends a lot of time in the air.”

“Off the boards, she’s as good as anybody we’ve had in a long time, and her lateral movement is really impressive. She’s very quickly become somebody that we can’t do without. She’s pretty critical to our success.”

Umbright, who has a 4.0 GPA, has not chosen what to think about in school however loves reporting. How might they depict the narrative of their secondary school vocation?

“I really like the after-school scene, just staying after school and doing whatever sport I have in that season,” Umbright said. “It’s really nice to get involved.”