Speed and athleticism have helped set Lexi Astor apart during her decorated career at Fort Dodge Senior High.
Astor, a senior, has participated in softball, volleyball, basketball and track throughout her Dodger tenure.
On the diamond, Astor is currently batting .600 with 12 hits, six runs, six RBI and five stolen bases in leading No. 5 (Class 4A) FDSH to a 7-0 start this season. Astor, a left fielder, has compiled a .418 career batting average with 132 hits, 80 stolen bases, 78 runs and 39 stolen bases in 124 varsity games.
Messenger file photo by Britt Kudla
Fort Dodge's Lexi Astor has been a starter in volleyball, basketball, track and softball.
Astor is a two-time IGCA all-state softball pick, while twice being named to the all-conference's top squad. Last summer, Astor also landed on the all-CIC Super Team.
"I'm very excited to see what we can do this year (in softball)," said Astor. "We have a lot of talent coming up and everyone is fighting for spots. It's really good to have all that competition.
"Our goal is obviously to make state and win conference, but we just have to see how it goes. You can't take anything for granted and have to respect every team you play."
TIMEOUT WITH LEXI ASTOR
Vacation destination: anyplace tropical.
People I would like to have dinner with: Lolo Jones, Beyonce, Chris Hemsworth.
It would surprise people that I: like listening to classical music.
My sports role model: my dad.
My everyday role model: my parents.
I can't go a day without: unsweetened iced tea.
Most heated rivalry:
Waukee or Ankeny.
Favorite road trip: state or Drake.
What are you listening to right now?
Beyonce and Miley Cyrus.
Team: Minnesota Gophers.
Movie: Avatar or The Help.
Book: Harry Potter series.
Stealing home against intra-city rival St. Edmond a year ago, along with sweeping No. 4 (5A) Ankeny Centennial just last week, are two of Astor's most memorable softball moments.
"Playing for Coach (Andi) Adams is intimidating when you're younger, but she's one of the best coaches I've ever had," Astor said.
In volleyball, Astor was tabbed to the all-CIC Northern Division first team in each of the past two years. She went 375-for-435 serving with 373 kills, 334 digs, 102 blocks and 73 aces in three seasons for Fort Dodge.
Astor will continue her volleyball career as a preferred walk-on at the NCAA Div. I level for the University of Northern Iowa. She will major in exercise science.
"I was originally planning on going to Coe College to run track and play volleyball," said Astor. "I was on a traveling volleyball team this winter in Ames, and then UNI saw me earlier this spring and asked me to walk on for the first year.
"I grew up going to camps and volleyball games, so I was thrilled. I'm nervous, but excited."
Astor delivered 286 rebounds, 256 points, 93 steals and 53 assists in 63 varsity basketball contests. This past winter, the Dodgers went 11-12 overall after combining for only three victories in the two previous seasons combined.
"I know I wasn't very good at basketball, but I loved playing it," Astor said. "It was just nice to get out and win some games this year and see things flow. Making it to play (Sioux City) Heelan in the regional (final) was a lot of fun."
During her track career, Astor was a four-time state qualifier and a four-time Drake Relays participant. She ran on Fort Dodge's 4x100, which set a new school record at both Drake and state earlier this year. Her other state events came in the long jump, 4x200, sprint medley and distance medley.
"Looking at the scoreboard (at Drake Stadium) all of a sudden and seeing we broke the school record was very exciting," said Astor. "I'm always going to remember how hard everyone works at Fort Dodge. We're always the underdog of course, but that suits us well."