Two-Sport Varsity Athlete Returns For Another Strong Year

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Pearson Georges

LJ looks to tote the load this year as the feature back this year in the Wildcat’s Offense

Now a sophomore, LJ Minner dominated the sports scene as a rookie both on the football field and the track as a freshman last year. He showed football fans his skills with 10 touchdowns and 866 yards last fall, but he didn’t stop there; he continued on in the spring to get 8th in the Track and Field State Championships for shot put.

However, participating in two high-level sports doesn’t seem to phase Minner: “I just have to use my time wisely and use my resources around me.”

“Yes, I will continue to play both sports throughout high school because I desire them so much,” said Minner when asked if he will continue both his track and football careers throughout high school.

“LJ brings a lot of fun energy and hard work to the team,” said quarterback Lane Davis, “He’s a natural player who knows what to do.”

Last year, senior Atlin Hall’s injury and the departure of junior Denver Parker brought LJ to the spotlight. He became the number one running back on the team and excelled with his 866 yards, all in a short amount of time.  

Minner has set many goals both on and off the field. He plans to grow long-term relationships with his teammates, eclipse the 1000 rushing yard mark, and place higher in the state in shot put than he did last year.

Varsity football coach Keith Herring commented on Minner’s leadership qualities: “He is a great teammate all around; he works hard and encourages others. As part of our Leadership Council, LJ helps handle any team issues and does a good job of leading by example.”

Last spring, Minner’s exceptional first-year performance earned him 2nd and 3rd place in districts for discus and shot put. He went on to place 4th in sectionals for discus and finished off his run receiving 8th place in the state tournament in shot put. 

This football season, Minner has only played two games due to bone contusions on his knee. However, he rushed for 170 yards on 32 carries in Westminster’s loss to Burroughs on Saturday.

Minner is not only a football and track star but has also enjoyed playing basketball, wrestling, and lacrosse. He also intends to play basketball this winter, which would make him a three-sport athlete.