MOC-Floyd Valley junior Alexis Conaway is one of the top high school athletes in Iowa. She's all-State in basketball and volleyball and will defend her high jump title at the Drake Relays this week.
The Iowa State volleyball recruit has accomplished so much, all while fighting a physical ailment.
"I trust the doctors opinions, but I mean, right now, I'm just doing what I really love. So, that's what I'm going to do right now."
Conaway led MOC-Floyd Valley to the 3A volleyball title in the fall, earned Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year honors and is the two-time defending state champ in the high jump.
"I thank God for everything I've been given. Every time I step on that field or that court or stepping onto that track, I mean, I just want to do my best and that's all I can ever do."
She's done it all while battling scoliosis.
"I think it was probably early on in grade school is when I was first diagnosed. My freshman year, when we had band camps and weekend volleyball tournaments is really when it started to bother me."
"Especially her freshman year, it was more of a factor. There would be meets where he back was hurting and we had to layoff," Coach Lori Wolf said. "Now, it seems to be more under control and she's not having so many problems with it."
Conaway says her back is between "OK and bad." In the fall, doctors decided to put her in a supportive brace as a preventative measure.
"I went back for a checkup and they say it normally stops when you're done growing, but mine had gotten a little worse."
She wears the brace throughout the day but not during competition and says surgery would be worst case scenario.
"She knows her limits and she knows when she's having pain," Wolf added. "She's pretty in tune with that, so we go by that."
"I know there is other girls in the community who have it, and have had to use the brace and so, I just want to be an example for them, too. I don't want to hurt myself so that in my future I can hardly walk or something, but I believe right now I'm supposed to be playing sports."
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