Away from fans, the talented Montgomery family learns and grows in its own huddle.
Photos by Marlena Sloss | Story by Allen Laman
We know them as the sports family.
The one with the upperclassman boy who led a football team to the state semifinals, a baseball team to the state finals and a basketball team to a sectional championship — all in the calendar year.
The one with the junior girl who has already set the single-game girls basketball scoring record at Southridge High School, played an integral role in the softball team’s 2019 sectional title run and has served as a force on the Raider volleyball team.
The one with the oldest brother, who played three sports at the same school in the mid-2010s, and the one with the two youngest siblings, who could end up being the most gifted of the bunch.
Jayden, Colson, Myah, Avah and Hudson.
“You’ve got to perform well. And perform constantly well. You can’t just be off and on.”
Still, it’s all worth it to the incoming high school senior. He loves baseball, and playing at the highest level is his goal. God gifted his family, he said, also crediting the success he and his siblings have experienced to their upbringing.
He said their parents taught them how to work hard and keep after their goals. When he spoke of his relationship with his family members, he described their connections as bonds that can’t be broken.
“Family first,” Colson said. “Because people come and go, but your family is always there. They’ll always be there. Even if you’re apart distance-wise, they’re always going to be there for you because you’re family.”
And though Myah’s and his time at Southridge is quickly ending, another pair of Montgomery siblings will soon walk the halls of the school together. And they could end up being the best of the bunch.