In a time where more and more kids are specializing in just one sport, it's hard to find athletes who spread their talents through all three high school sports seasons. While there are still those who attempt that trifecta, finding players who are among the elite in all three sports is even more rare.
This past season, two Montgomery County athletes, Hillsboro's Jordan Gregg and Nokomis' Alex Tosetti, managed to achieve that level of success by attaining all-conference honors in all three sports in which they played.
Tosetti's accomplishment is all the more impressive as he took first team honors in football, basketball and baseball this season.
The Nokomis junior was the Prairie State Conference's offensive player of the year as the Redskins' quarterback and was also a first team selection at defensive back. His numbers justified those honors as he threw for 1,601 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for six more scores. Defensively, he finished the year with three interceptions and had 23 total tackles.
In basketball, Tosetti earned a spot on the first team after averaging 9.4 points per game for the Redskins, who went 28-7 this past season. The Nokomis guard also made 59 threes and was second in assists (86) and steals (68).
Tossetti made the first team for baseball as the Redskins went 20-5 in a rain-soaked 2019 that saw the Redskins earn a share of the conference title. A skilled outfielder, Tosetti batted .316 on the season and was co-leader in runs scored (27) and stolen bases (seven).
Gregg's accomplishments are just as impressive as he was a first team pick at two positions in football, as well as a first team selection in basketball and a third team pick in baseball.
On the gridiron, Gregg was a first team pick at defensive lineman, where he was fourth in tackles with 53, and a first team pick at tight end, where he led the team with 27 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Just to add on to his versatility, Gregg was also the team's kicker, with 36 kickoffs for 1,379 yards and three successful extra-point kicks.
In basketball, Gregg led the team in scoring, with 11.3 points per game, and rebounding, with 8.3 boards per contest. He also led the team in blocks (41) and was fourth in steals (33) and assists (47).
Gregg's third team selection in baseball spoke more about the talent in the South Central Conference than his own performance. In 22 games for the Toppers, the senior first baseman batted .406 with five doubles, a home run and 21 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs, stole six bases and struck out just five times in 69 at-bats.
The scary thing about Gregg is that he was really more of a five-sport standout than a three-sport one. In his only year of wrestling, Gregg went to state as a sophomore, but returned to basketball the next year. In track, he was a state qualifier in the shot put (twice) and in the discus, finishing as high as eighth before turning his attention to the diamond in high school.
While there are pros and cons to sports specialization, both Gregg and Tosetti have shown that you don't have to focus on one sport to have a chance at the next level. Gregg will be playing football for Lindenwood University this fall and Tosetti has also heard from several college coaches going into his senior year, according to Nokomis Head Football Coach Paul Watson.
More than that though, both players seem to truly enjoy being out on the playing field, whether it be grass or wood or dirt. Ultimately, whether you play one sport or six, or something in between, that's what really matters.