"It's rare to have a four-sport letterman," said Michelle Yeater, Midland Valley High School's softball coach. Dani, a senior, plays softball, basketball and volleyball and runs cross country.
Dani is currently in two sports two sports for the Lady Mustangs -- volleyball and cross country.
"I get out early and run my three miles; then I play volleyball," she said. "I miss practice for (cross country) meets."
This is only her second year running cross country. Girls with Dani's athletic abilities are rare, and Midland Valley's coaches are eager to have her on their teams, Yeater said.
"The cross country coach needed me to run a meet," Dani said about her start in the sport.
Because she likes the outdoors and needs to stay in shape for other sports, she decided to try out for the team again this year.
Dani's main sport is softball, which she plays almost year round. In addition to playing right field with the Lady Mustangs, she plays for the Carolina Raiders and Georgia Rockers.
"I've been playing since I was 4," she said of softball. "I love to be in the outfield."
Dani's skills on the diamond have caught the attention of several college coaches.
"She's had several offers to play softball," Yeater said.
Dani said the colleges looking at her include Francis Marion and the University of South Carolina Aiken. She has visited a few schools and plans to make a decision in the next few months.
While college is in her future, Dani is looking ahead to her final softball season.
Last year, the Lady Mustangs had their best record ever at 25-5. Midland Valley lost in the Lower State championship game in a 1-0 heartbreaker.
"I want to go out there and win state and beat the records from last year," Dani said.
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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: DANI FRANK
SCHOOL: Midland Valley High School
SPORT: Dani participates in four sports -- softball, basketball, volleyball and cross country.
FAVORITE SPORT: Softball
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