Two for Two: Rare Two Sport-A-Season Athletes

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Two-sport athlete Malik Vega-Tatum during track practice.

Two-sport athlete Malik Vega-Tatum during track practice.

Prowl photos by Manuel Espinoza

Prowl photos by Manuel Espinoza

Two-sport athlete Malik Vega-Tatum during track practice.

Jeremy Bagnas, Sports Reporter

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Lorenzo Galfo plays two sports this season, tennis and golf.

Prowl photo by Manuel Espinoza

It’s difficult enough to play one sport during a season. Try two.

How can someone maintain two sports at the same time during the same season?

Well Lorenzo Galfo and Malik Vega-Tatum show us two different way that it’s done.

Weston Ranch Tennis Coach Julia Bylow said having Galfo play has “benefited our team because we our short-handed.” Bylow wasn’t bothered by having Galfo some of the time.

Meanwhile Head Golf Coach Michael Hale said Galfo has helped keep his team in swing this season.  

“It’s a great situation to be able to help two programs,” Hale said.  

Officially, Galfo is committed to the golf team first, Hale said, so Galfo always is ready to bring his clubs to the green.

Galfo’s double-duty has become second nature to teammates like Austin Thao.

“I don’t really think about it too much it’s really up to him. It does not bother [us] that [he] plays two sports,” Thao said.

Galfo has a different perspective.

“Having three golf games in a week then having a tennis game the next day,” Galfo said, “alongside college due dates and homework and practice is really hard to manage.”

Galfo continued to talk about the stress that can build.  

“You have to have really good time management and get a good night rest or else the week is extremely difficult to get through and you are yearning for the day to end,” Galfo said.

For Vega-Tatum, playing baseball and running track, is a time to let go of the stress of the week’s academic challenges.

On the baseball diamond, Vega-Tatum enters the game as either a pinch runner or an outfielder.

On the field, Vega-Tatum laces up his spikes to glide over the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdlers on the track.

“Playing two sports actually takes off stress,” he said. “It also keeps me in great condition and it allows me to relieve any extra stress coming from AP Lit and Calculus.”

Although their stress-levels may vary, these two Cougars show what it means to be a student-athlete.

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