by Michaela Thimot
Whether it’s leading the softball or field hockey teams to victory, junior Alexa Musser’s spirit shines through in every aspect of her life.
Musser began her softball career when she was just five years old and instantly fell in love with the sport. Since her freshman year was interrupted by COVID, Musser didn’t officially play with the Varsity team until she became a sophomore, but she has stood out on the team from the moment she joined it. Musser has known head coach Randy Frey since she was young, and speaks of his high level of experience and boundless dedication to the team.
Another coach whom many of the girls on the team, including Musser, have bonded with is Brooke Binkley. She is especially close with the team because, Musser explained, “she’s kind of who all the girls on the team go to when they need someone to talk to.” Musser also leads the team as captain along with seniors Daisy Moore and Anna Bean. One of her favorite aspects about softball is that “there’s not that many people, so it feels like everyone is a family, and you just know everyone on the team so well.”
Musser used to play club softball as well, but gave it up so she could play field hockey more competitively. Musser’s inspiration for picking up field hockey in addition to softball was her mom, who also played in high school. She first discovered field hockey back in middle school and has excelled at it ever since. Musser started playing in LGHS coach Henry Reyes’ Sunday camps and eventually joined the San Jose Fly Field Hockey club. With her club team, she played in a wide variety of tournaments, including competitions that brought her to Florida multiple times to play at the national level. Musser made Varsity field hockey her sophomore year, after COVID cut her freshman season to less than half of the team’s usual games. Her favorite part of being on the field hockey team is “the pride of playing for Los Gatos field hockey…everyone really works hard for each other, and when you’re playing you can see all that effort pay off.” At the end of this past season, Musser was named next year’s captain along with fellow junior Ellie White.
Musser’s family is a major part of her success in both field hockey and softball. Both of Musser’s parents are extremely into sports and never miss a game. She shared that “they are just really supportive of whatever sport we want to play and make sure that we can do it.” Being such an important part of the Varsity field hockey team carries on her mom’s legacy, as she also played field hockey at LGHS under the same coach. If Musser can spare a moment of free time, she enjoys traveling with her friends to Tahoe or Idaho or even finding time to golf and ski.
Musser’s consistent determination and dedication to her sports and loved ones is sure to set her up for a bright future in whatever she wants to discover next.