By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- When Katelyn Poston began working on her basketball game for the upcoming season, she immediately noticed something seemed a little off with her shots.
The Central junior took a weight lifting class, taught by Central assistant athletic director John Cardamone, this past year and it's paid off for her.
"I just started shooting the other day and all the shots I'm shooting are actually going over the rim," Poston said with a laugh. "I think coach Cardamone's class has benefited me a little more than I thought it was going to.
"I think what I did do in coach Cardamone's class definitely helped me out a lot with being able to hit [in softball] and giving me more strength and more power."
The 5-foot-5 Poston said she can bench press 90 pounds, and that Cardamone and the class has helped her a lot.
"Coach Cardamone, he's really pushed me, and helped me to go past my limits, and not settle, which has been a huge thing for me," Poston said.
Added strength definitely helped her during softball season, as she had 12 extra-base hits for the Falcons this past year.
She finished the softball season in the top five in the area in home runs, RBIs and runs scored, and had another strong basketball season, including scoring her 1,000th point. With a season like that, it's no surprise that Poston is The Northern Virginia Daily's 2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year.
Poston has always been known for her abilities on the basketball court, but this season she showed what she could do on the softball field as well.
She finished with three home runs, the first of her career, eight doubles, one triple, 23 runs scored and 20 RBIs. The highlight of the season for Poston was hitting her first home run.
"I surprised myself a lot, because going into the season hitting a home run never even crossed my mind," Poston said. "So when I did it, it was like a huge thing for me because that's something a lot of people don't always get the opportunity to do."
Poston averaged an area-best 19.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game during basketball season.
She also scored her 1,000th point and finished the year just 90 points shy of Central's girls basketball school record for career points. Poston said reaching the 1,000-point plateau -- she was the 15th male or female in school history to do so -- was the highlight of her season overall.
"That's a huge thing to do," Poston said. "And doing it in my junior year is even more special, knowing that I have a whole [another] season to score even more."
Poston has always had a love of sports. She said she's played baseball or softball and basketball since she was 5.
She said she played baseball until she wasn't allowed to any more, which was in fifth grade.
"I really enjoyed it," Poston said. "If I could, I would still choose to play baseball. I love to watch baseball. I hit baseballs at my house, I don't hit softballs."
Poston said she loves almost every sport and would love to play football if she could. There's one sport in particular that she said she would also love to play some day.
"If we had a lacrosse team, I would be part of the lacrosse team," Poston said. "It's like football minus the tackling. And you can play even if you're a girl."
Poston said she's always played sports at her house with her brothers Kyian and Kolton, and sports have just been something that's always been a big part of her life.
"It's definitely something that I'm going to miss most about high school," Poston said. "It's just one of those things that it's always been there for me. It's hard for me to foresee having to live life without it.
"It's definitely something that I've really enjoyed, and I'm going to be really upset when it has to come to an end."
Poston has gained a lot of things from playing sports, one of them being her nickname "KP." Poston said the nickname started in seventh grade basketball and just stuck.
"My mom calls me KP. I only get called Katelyn when I'm in trouble," Poston said. "Very few people call me Katelyn. KP's just one of those nicknames that has stuck with me, and everybody has called me that. It's generally what I answer to.
"Whenever I hear people say Katelyn, because so few people say it, that when I get called Katelyn, it's like, 'Oh my gosh, that is my name.'"
Whether she's being called Katelyn or KP, Poston had a very solid year, and said she's excited for her senior year.
"Being my senior year, it's going to be truly special," Poston said. "I want it to be the best year out of all of them. Hopefully it will be the best one, and I can go out with a bang."
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org