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Twin chases her shadow

By CHRIS WAGENHEIM
Published April 19, 2007


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The yearbook staff has coined them "double trouble," and these twin titans of Ridgewood athletics live up to the reputation.

The Williamson sisters are teammates during volleyball season. Teammates during basketball season. And this spring, Daylyn has taken up track, while Aleesa excelled in tennis.

"That is how people know us; we are the twins that play sports," Daylyn said.

This spring, they have made their mark in different sports and achieved impressive success.

On Tuesday, Aleesa picked up a district championship in tennis, beating Central's Mathea Schnieder 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.

So the pressure is on: Today in Brooksville, Daylyn will try to match her sister by taking home a track title, competing in the 800, 3,200 and relays.

"It is nice for them to have something that they can establish as their own," said tennis coach Joe Kelly, who also coached both girls during basketball season.

"It's not fair to them, but they are always being compared by everyone."

Both sisters were nearly tennis teammates, but Daylyn broke her foot playing basketball and missed the beginning of the season, settling instead on track.

"She's awesome," said Sue Vien, Ridgewood's track coach. "She's a great competitor. Fierce. I think I would use that adjective to describe her. She sets her standards very high."

Daylyn has been one of the Rams' most pleasant surprises. Vien says her newest standout could win both of her individual events today.

"She was just looking for something to do, but when she got out there and saw that she has what it takes, it encouraged her to work harder," Vien said. "Turns out, she's outstanding."

Same goes for Aleesa, who was even more raw as a tennis player than Daylyn was as a trackster.

She started at No. 5 singles but moved up to No. 3 and compiled a 16-1 record and won a district title.

"Aleesa came out at the beginning of the year last year and she was dreadful, she was horrible, she couldn't hit the ball over the net," Kelly said. "But she was such a perfectionist, she went and started taking lessons and stuff, because she figured if she was going to play, she better win. Considering she doesn't touch a racket for a good amount of the year she has gotten phenomenally better."

Basketball, however, remains the sisters' favorite sport.

They started out as cheerleaders at age 7 - rooting on football-playing brother Jordan - and soon after were playing hoops for the Salvation Army.

The passion the two share for sports has grown exponentially ever since. They will yell and scream at each other, goading themselves into better performances, whether it's shooting a ball or competing in academic contests.

"It is over the limit, I can't even describe it, we are competitive about everything no matter what it is," Aleesa said. "She pushes me to succeed."

"If they do anything, they want to be the best," Kelly said. "Even with grades and classes, it's not enough that it's an 'A', it has to be the highest 'A' in the class."

Next year, Daylyn will run cross country, and Vien insists she will be the best in the county.

Her sister, however, may have something to say about that.

"Aleesa can't let Daylyn get four letters and she only has three," Kelly said. "They are very competitive."

Times staff writer John C. Cotey contributed to this report. He can be reached at 727-869-6261 or johncotey@gmail.com.

Fast Facts:

Meet the twins

Your favorite color?

Daylyn: Blue

Aleesa: Blue

Your favorite food?

D: Grilled chicken

A: Macaroni and cheese

Your favorite movie?

D: Love and Basketball

A: Love and Basketball

Your role model?

D: Dad

A: Parents

Your favorite sport to watch?

D: Basketball

A: Basketball

Your favorite school subject?

D: Math

A: Math

Chocolate milk or regular milk?

D: Chocolate

A: Chocolate

Your high school sport career highlight?

D: "It was my first time ever running the 2-mile, at conference qualifier, and I got first."

A: "Tennis, because I am 15-1. I am going to the finals and I am the only person on the team going to the finals."

Have you ever posed as your sister?

D: Yes

A: Yes

Your favorite sport to play?

D: Basketball

A: Basketball

Where do you want to go to college?

D: "I don't know yet, but I want to go somewhere in Florida because of my parents."

A: "Somewhere in Florida so I can stay near home."

Fast facts

Class 3A, District 7 meet

When/where: 1 p.m., today; Central High, Brooksville.

Local teams: Gulf, Hudson, Land O'Lakes, Ridgewood, River Ridge and Wesley Chapel.

Boys outlook: Land O'Lakes is coming off its first Sunshine Athletic Conference title in years after it upset Wesley Chapel, and it will do battle again with the Wildcats for district honors. The Gators are strong in the distance events Felix Soto and Jake Proudfoot and pole vaulting (SAC champ Tony White), with Dontarrius Thomas adding big points in the 100, 200, long jump; the Wildcats are strong in the throwing events (Vince Chalecki), hurdles (Cory Bunch) and jumps (Earon Hicks). River Ridge's SAC champ, Brian Lewandowski, is its best bet, and Ridgewood boasts high jumper Derek Zio and strength in the distance events with Michael Kern.

Central's four-event standout DuJuan Harris has speed to burn.

Girls outlook: Wesley Chapel has strength in every area and multiple athletes who can win two events, such as Patience Shackley (hurdles and high jump), Jasmine Pleasant (100 and 200), Jeani Ducos and Arisa Bush (throwing). Land O'Lakes excels in the 400 (Emily Seda and Dania Casellas) and relays, while Ridgewood hopes it makes an impact in the field (pole vaulters Keari Brink and Ashley Haggard) and jumping events with Dalia Madison (SAC champ in long and triple).

Class 2A, Region 2 meet

When/where: 1 p.m. today; Lake Highland Prep, Orlando

Local team: Wiregrass.

Girls outlook: Wiregrass Ranch's Liz Casey, Nichole Grey, L Flores, Lakeishia Brown, Alyssa Nolting and Haley Skipper all advanced to regionals. Casey and Grey throw the discus, the others are part of the 4x800-meter relay.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (727) 869-6261 or johncotey@gmail.com.

[Last modified April 19, 2007, 07:50:35]


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