Scholar Athlete: Hephzibah’s Lariya Ross

She finished second one of the Drive, Chip and Putt competitions at the First Tee and helped Hephzibah golf win a state title this spring, but golf is just one of five sports Lariya Ross has played.

This week’s WJBF Scholar Athlete has participated in basketball, softball, track, golf and even football. In 8th grade, Ross played for the Hephzibah team before breaking her ankle, so she gave up the gridiron for another sport.

“I broke my leg in 8th grade, so I couldn’t do anything,” Ross said. “I just decided to play golf cause I didn’t want to sit around and be lazy.”

Yes, she learned to play golf when she wasn’t even fully-healed from her injury.

“She’s a go-getter,” Hephzibah basketball and softball coach Angela Anderson said. “I think she has one speed and that’s fast, so trying to get her to sometimes slow down a bit — I don’t think it’s in her vocabulary.”

Besides sports, Ross has a passion for science. She placed first in the Richmond County fair the past two years and plans on pursuing a career in electrical engineering.

Congratulations to Lariya Ross, this week’s WJBF Scholar Athlete recipient.

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