Lauren Erickson is leaving Dublin Scioto as one of the more versatile athletes in school history.
The senior was part of three varsity programs all four years, earning 12 letters, including one in softball this spring. She and her teammates on the softball team were preparing for the season before it was postponed and ultimately canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Athletics director Nick Magistrale confirmed that all spring athletes who previously competed at the varsity level will receive letters this year.
Erickson also played volleyball and basketball.
"It's definitely an honor," Erickson said of earning 12 letters. "It's pretty cool being one of the few people in Scioto history that have done that. I started playing sports at a really young age and I've kept on playing, kept on developing my skills. ... I loved my time here. I'll never forget it."
Last spring, Erickson, a shortstop, batted .354 with a team-high 25 RBI and was named second-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division.
"She came out as a freshman and she's just one of those rare players that have so much talent," softball coach Brooke Ott said. "She works hard, but she's just talented herself in general, too, which is amazing. She's one of those players that just has it all."
In volleyball last fall, Erickson, an outside hitter, was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. She holds the program records for matches played (97), sets played (301) and aces (138).
"She's unbelievable," girls volleyball coach Jackie Wilson said. "Lauren very obviously has some God-given talent that she's just born with, but she is a workhorse. Some people who play three sports have their favorite and that's what they put a lot of their energy into and do the other ones for fun. Lauren did everything for every sport she possibly could."
In basketball this past winter, Erickson, a guard, averaged a team-high 11.9 points and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district as the Irish finished 17-7 to post their third consecutive winning season.
She finished her career with 144 3-pointers to rank second in program history behind 2009 graduate Brandi Gorniak (182).
"I'm going to miss that kid," girls basketball coach Jen Music said. "She has such great leadership, even when she was a younger player. Her maturity and work ethic were hardly matched. She started hanging out with us (during summer workouts) when she was in sixth grade. She started pretty early and worked in the weight room, worked in the gym. She always goes above and beyond. She has a great head on her shoulders."
Erickson, who has a 4.0 GPA, has chosen to play softball at the collegiate level.
"It was definitely a tough decision," said Erickson, a Toledo recruit. "I'm going to miss the other sports. I was thinking about playing two sports in college. If I went to a smaller school, maybe a Division III school, I would be interested in playing two sports, but in Division I, it's hard to play two sports and study engineering."
Ott said Erickson's decision to play softball in college reflects well on her program.
"It kind of surprised me she chose softball because she's so good at everything she plays," Ott said. "It makes me really proud knowing that she's representing our team going forth and taking the Irish with her. ... It's brought that whole college aspect to the team. It's inspired some of the younger girls."