Though many young athletes prefer to specialize in one sport, training and playing with school, club and travel squads year-round in order to maximize their skills and land college scholarships, Camas High senior Josie Rein is not one of them.
Rein, who played for the Vancouver-based Washington Timbers soccer club for several years, left the program when she was in middle school. She was feeling “burned out,” Rein said, and wanted to find a better balance between soccer and her life outside of the sport.
“I had been in that club for so long, and practices were taking up a lot of my free time during the week, and it made it difficult to play other sports in high school, like track,” Rein said. “Even in middle school I tried to play volleyball, but it overlapped with (club soccer), and it was difficult. So I think I just needed a break.”
After spending some time away from the pitch, Rein joined the Camas High School girls soccer program as a freshman. During the next four years, she blossomed into one of the best players in the 4A Greater St. Helens League. This season, Rein was chosen as the captain of Camas’ varsity girls soccer team.
“High school (soccer) is great for me because I can dedicate my time and focus during the season, and once the season ends, I can enjoy my free time,” she said. “I still do love the sport, but I don’t think that I have the passion for it that clubs and other teams require. A lot of the girls on the team, they’re still playing in super elite clubs, and they practice all the time, and they want to play in college. It’s awesome to have girls on the team who are super dedicated to the sport itself and not just for high school season. But for me, personally, it’s centered around high school.”