Until recently Purcell had two three-sport All-Staters.
The legendary Lester Lane was All-State in football, basketball and track. Current Dragon Haylee Swayze had earned All-State status in softball, cross country and track.
But now Purcell has its first four-sport All-Stater with Swayze recently tabbed as All-State in basketball.
She will be attending college and playing basketball for the Rice Owls.
As a senior she averaged 21.8 points per game for coach David Sikes, averaged 31.7 percent from three point land and averaged 6.4 rebounds per game.
She is also a member of the 1,000 point club, scoring 1,339 total career points.
“Haylee is an exceptional athlete but more importantly she is an amazing person and a role model for future Dragons,” Sikes said.
“It’s pretty cool,” Swayze said of being the first and only four-sport All-Stater from Purcell. “It’s an honor. I’ve worked hard for it but it has been really fun doing all of it.”
Swayze told The Purcell Register that basketball is her favorite sport.
“In high school summer ball I did both softball and basketball last summer. I found a love for the game of basketball. It being a team sport, I just love the game.”
Swayze is just coming off winning the 200 meter and anchoring all three winning relay teams for the Dragons in last week’s Purcell Invitational track meet.
She is looking forward to Regionals and State as well.
She is a three time State Champion having won the 100 meter hurdles once, runner-up once, and two time State Champion in the 300 meter hurdles.
She has elected not to run the hurdles this track season focusing on the 200 and the relays.
“I enjoyed running the hurdles but this year I wanted something different. I just wanted to run,” she said.
Track coach Greg Dillard put it this way.
“If we had another sport she’d be All-State in that as well,” he said.
“All you have to do is show her the competition and let her loose. She takes care of the rest,” Dillard said.
The one sport she made All-State in by just running two races was cross country.
“That might be the one I’m most proud of,” Swayze said. “It was hard juggling cross country and fast-pitch.”
In fast pitch she had a .351 batting average on the 24-12 State Champion Dragons team.
Softball coach Sarah Jones said, “to say I’m proud of her is an understatement.
“Her pride, character and determination is what any coach wants in their players, but more important she puts her entire heart into everything she does and puts God first.
“Haylee will always hold a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to see what she does at the next level,” Jones said.
She didn’t have a lot of time to train and her first cross country meet was the Regional where she finished third. She backed that up the following Saturday with a sixth place finish in 12:47 to earn All-State honors.
“The last time I ran a cross country race was in junior high,” she said.
That is until the Regional and State Meets last fall.
Cross country coach Randy Belicek called Swayze, “a once in a lifetime athlete.
“She’s fun to watch,” Belicek said. “To make All-State in four sports confirms that she is a phenomenal athlete.
“To be All-State in one sport is very good. Two is great. Three is amazing and four is unheard of.
“Not only is she a gifted athlete, she has the best attitude and such a good work ethic,” Belicek concluded.
Rick McCurdy, Jimmy Don Green and Chris Willis are reported to be the only other multiple sport All-Staters for the Dragons. McCurdy was All-State in football and basketball and reportedly just missed out being All-State in track.
Both Willis and Green were All-State in football and track.
Always the humble one, Swayze was quick to praise teammates and family.
“I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and my family. They have been very supportive,” Swayze said.
Now she has a closest full of All-State jackets.