After standing out in two sports, Lakeside High School’s Alexis Dunbar had to decide which to pursue as a collegian.
A libero on the Lady Panthers 2013 volleyball team that went 28-10, earning All-Area 2-AAAAA first team honors, Dunbar instead decided to pursue the sport she has been playing almost her entire life and signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Division II Limestone College (Gaffney, S.C.).
“I’ve been playing soccer for 13-14 years so it’s always been something I wanted to do,” Dunbar said. “I went up for a visit in mid-February and just fell in love with it and that’s where I wanted to go. The campus is really nice and the girls up there are really fun to be with and the coaches are great.”
Dunbar chose Limestone over Lander, but was just happy to have a place to call home next year.
“I was late in the game trying to find somewhere to go because most of the recruiting is done for my age,” Dunbar said. “I was just really lucky I found Limestone.”
Head volleyball coach Maureen McCormack believes she would do well at either sport.
“I still think she could have gone in either direction she’s such a great athlete,” McCormack said.
Dunbar will be a goalkeeper in college, but helped lead the Lady Panthers to the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA soccer championship playing in the field. She also garnered 2013 first team all-region soccer honors for her performance.
“She’s pretty talented, she can play in field or in the goal and she plays in the field for us because she helps us out there,” said Lady Panthers’ head coach Nick Edmond.
“She’s a top-level goalie in the area.”
Dunbar, who intends to be a biology major, knows she’ll have to work hard to earn her place at Limestone.
“I’m going to be the third goalkeeper going in so I’m going to have to try to work hard and we’re all going to be pushing each other for playing time,” Dunbar said. “It’s going to be tough.”