Athlete of the Week: The Frank Twins, Strafford

 

Time catches up to us all.  And the high school careers of all seniors are almost up.

“It means a lot for us to be able to accomplish this,” Strafford senior Kayley Frank says about a berth to the MSHSAA Final Four, “and we’re excited to try and win it one more time.”

As the Strafford Lady Indians eye a fourth, straight state title it’ll be the final time on the court together for a pair of twins.

“Just two more games with her,” Hayley Frank says of Kayley, “(we’ll) leave it all out on the court.”

The coach’s daughters have been a the backbone of the Strafford for four years.  Entering this weekend’s Final Four, the Lady Indians are 127-and-3 over their time in school; including that state record win streak of 113-victories in a row and counting.

“I remember when they were freshmen and we were trying to fly under the radar,” Strafford head coach Steve Frank, who’s also the twins father, said.  “Then the next years we have to fight the other battle; they’ve stayed within themselves and they’ve worked and accomplished that goal.”

Thanks to their accomplishments, Kayley will follow in her parents footsteps and attend College of the Ozarks where she’ll join the Lady Bobcats.  Hayley, who has a shot this weekend at 3,000th career points, takes her Gatorade Player of the Year honor north to Mizzou.

“Tthere’s a lot that went into that,” coach Frank said of the twins work ethic, “reward from the early morning and late night.”

But first, time is ticking for the twins, and dad.  With state title number-four for the three just two wins away.

“We try not to talk about it too much,” Hayley says about their time together being almost over, “but its been special doing it together.”

“Very special,” Kayley adds, “that was the end goal to make it there, and to do it with them by my side.”