Elijah Black paces St. Viator lacrosse with all-around athleticism
St. Viator junior Elijah Black rarely has any free time.
A successful three-sport athlete, Black spends most of his days at practices, games and traveling from his Mundelein residence to St. Viator’s Arlington Heights campus. “It gets hard at times, just juggling all the sports, practices and school work throughout each season,” Black said. “I don’t really go out or hang out with friends as much as I would like to. My daily schedule is basically, I wake up, go to school, practice, study and go to bed, repeat it the next day.”
Black is highly successful in all three sports, which makes balancing them even tougher. He’s a major contributor for his football, wrestling and lacrosse teams and must change his diet to adjust for the various traits required to play each sport. He adds weight and size for football in the fall, then goes lean for wrestling and maintains a high fitness level for lacrosse. Black even has his own website, ejblack.info.
Black, a running back and defensive back in football, led the Lions with 142 carries for 760 yards and four rushing touchdowns. He caught 11 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, he had 316 punt return yards and 192 kickoff return yards. Basically, he never left the field. In wrestling, Black sat out most of the season with a separated shoulder, yet he returned in time to advance to the Class 2A state tournament in the 170-pound weight class.
His best sport, though, is lacrosse. He committed to play at Ohio State at the end of his freshman season. Black scored 46 goals and tallied 11 assists as a sophomore. He stumbled upon the sport in junior high after suffering a baseball injury.
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