Wake up at 6 a.m. Go to class. Go to practice. Go home and study. Go to sleep.
Such is the life of a Division I athlete, a lifestyle former Mt. Vernon two-sport star Rachel Houck is getting still acclimated to as a freshman on the Louisville Cardinals’ softball team.
“Everything is demanding. Literally your whole day is devoted to workouts, practice and academics,” Houck said prior to a mid-afternoon hitting session. “We spend all of our time around those things.”
The Hancock County Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Houck shared the 2013 award – after scoring 40 runs and hitting .438 with 12 home runs, 37 RBIs and a .893 slugging percentage as a senior – with Eastern Hancock’s Savannah Blevins, Greenfield-Central’s Ashley Whitaker and New Palestine’s Erin Lehman, each of whom is seeing action in their freshman seasons at Franklin College, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and Indiana University, respectively.
Whether she was playing basketball or softball for the Marauders, Houck was always in the midst of the action.