Just like the path it takes to earn a collegiate athletic scholarship is filled with more twists and turns than a roller coaster, the route most individuals take when that experience comes to a close is just as varied.
For three Hannibal LaGrange University graduates and former college athletes, the trail they followed all ended in a teaching position with Mexico Community Schools, the youngest and most recent of which is Sarah Hammock.
"I teach the fourth grade at Eugene Field Elementary School. I am also a Project Lead the Way teacher, (which gives students early experiences in science, technology, engineering and math)," said Hammock. "I graduated from Hannibal High School in 2011, where I played soccer and tennis."
Once her prep athletic career was officially laid to rest, Hammock went on to play for the women's soccer team at HLGU. Highlights included helping her team go 12-9 overall, 6-3 American Midwest Conference as a freshman in 2011-12. That season the midfielder played in 20 games and started 18, scoring three goals with three assists according to http://www.dakstats.com.
The next year, 2012-13, Hammock wasn't quite as active, posting five goals and no assists. This happened while playing in 17 games and starting 16 as the Lady Trojans ended up with a record of 8-9-2 overall, 5-2-1 AMC.
In 2013-14 the current Lady Bulldog had a vey similar campaign as the one that proceeded it with six goals and one assist in 15 games with 13 starts to go 6-9-3 overall, 5-2-3 AMC. Hammock's final season with this squad in 2014-15 might have felt somewhat anti-climactic, though, mostly because she managed just one goal and one assist in eight starts.
"I graduated in 2015 with a major in elementary education (from HGLU) after being moved to forward with the soccer team," Hammock said. "This is my first year as an assistant tennis coach (at Mexico, as well)."
The other former Lady Trojan athletes now teaching for the Mexico School district are ninth and 10th grade english teacher Kayla Meier and high school physical education teacher Shayla Cox. Both individuals played softball in college and now Meier is an assistant varsity softball coach at Mexico while Cox is the Lady Bulldogs varsity volleyball coach.