JACKSON -- A few years ago, Maci Farmer was faced with a difficult choice. Football? Or volleyball?
Volleyball fans at Jackson County Central High School are happy that she chose the latter. Farmer, a junior setter, is one of the reasons the Huskies are state-ranked in Minnesota Class AA this fall and looking every bit as good their No. 4 rating.
Farmer has tried just about everything sports-wise since she was a young girl old enough to be allowed to join competitive sports.
“I’ve always loved being active,” she explained to The Globe recently. “I just love competing, playing against other teams. It’s always fun. In sixth grade, I played MYFL football -- tackle football. Two summers ago, I competed in 15U baseball with a whole bunch of boys in a summer league. And I decided to try cross country last year due to volleyball being a late start. … And I do volleyball and basketball, and I run track, and I also do AAU basketball in the spring and JO volleyball in the spring, too.”
Way back when, it was hard for Farmer to give up the football thing.
“I really enjoyed MYFL football, it was so fun,” she explained. “I was a safety. Seventh grade was when volleyball started and I had to decide between football and volleyball. And I decided volleyball. It was a really hard decision, but I figured in the long run volleyball would be better for me.”
Well, volleyball has certainly been good for her. So has basketball. Farmer, who is an outstanding shooter, will be an important member of the JCC girls basketball team this winter. As for volleyball, her natural competitiveness and athleticism is more than helpful.
This 2021 season marks her first year as a working setter on the volleyball team. She had a couple of senior setters ahead of her last season, so she mostly played back row. She says she’s excited to be setting today, and to “connect with all the hitters.”
This week’s Globe Drill subject spoke about her athletic career, her other interests, and how working on the family farm helped instill in her a strong work ethic. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: Do you have a favorite sports memory?
ANSWER: “Probably my best memory for volleyball, and just for also all the sports, is playing with my sister, Regan Farmer. She graduated last year. It was so much fun. She always had my back. She’s very supportive, and she’s always my partner. And this year it’s kind of sad without her.”
QUESTION: How has working on the farm affected your sports?
ANSWER: “I do a lot of work around the farm, and it always taught me to always work hard. On the farm, I like to pick rock. We do a lot of rock picking in the summer, and just drive tractor and harvest.”
QUESTION: What’s unique about you that people might not know?
ANSWER: “The most unusual thing that people don’t know about me is I can ride a unicycle. I got a unicycle for Christmas one year, and I just tried it and I just kept working at it, and I just learned by myself. And I play piano. I usually go to nursing homes here and there and play for them, and I did some piano in church.”