Dozens of Siblings on Same Team Sport at Bishop Kelley

There are over 65 groups of siblings at Bishop Kelley that play sports. Thirty-eight of these pairs play the same sport, many on the same team. Three of these pairs have given us insight into the sibling dynamic of their teamwork and competition.
 
Diana and Kelsey Griffin
Sport: Cross Country

 
Q: What grades are you in?
Diana: Senior
Kelsey: Sophomore
 
Q: When did you start playing your sport?
Diana: I did track freshman year and started cross country my sophomore year.
Kelsey: I started my sophomore year.
 
Q: What influenced your interest in the sport?
Diana: I started because I saw what a tight-knit community it was. My friends were doing it and it seemed like a great way to stay fit. You get to hang out in the summer and enjoy the friendship.
Kelsey: I joined because my sister was already in it. I saw how great the friendship was and, like Diana said, it felt like a community. I wasn’t very athletic, but I knew everybody on the team because of my sister and thought it would be
something I’d enjoy.
 
Q: Does being on a team strengthen your bond as a sibling? Challenge it?
Diana: It definitely helps. We did ice skating and volleyball as kids before this. I’m not easy to wake up for 6 a.m. runs, but Kelsey is, which really helps. We bonded over the mutual suffering (laughs).
Kelsey: (laughs)It was great to have someone to do it with.
 
Q: If you could do it again, would you be on the same team as your sibling?
Diana: YES.
Kelsey: YES.
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Jacob and Ryan Jeffries
Sports: Football and Basketball
 

Q: What grades are you in?
Jacob: Senior
Ryan: Sophomore
 
Q: When did you start playing your sport?
Jacob: Football in 6th grade, basketball in 1st grade.
Ryan: Basketball in 2nd, Football in 4th.
 
Q: What influenced your interest in the sport?
Jacob: TV exposure, watching all of the pro athletes play.
Ryan: I guess I was following in Jake’s footsteps.
 
Q: Does being on a team strengthen your bond as a sibling? Challenge it?
Jacob: It’s great to spend time together and have conversations as brothers on a team. We play the same position in football, so we play against each other a lot in practice. We practice basketball at home. I win most of the time.
Ryan: We get to hang out in practice together. We also like to be competitive playing 1-on-1 basketball at home. 
Jake does win most of the time.
 
Q: If you could do it again, would you be on the same team as your sibling?
Jacob: Yes, it makes transportation easier.
Ryan: Yes, it’s great to be brothers and teammates.
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Mariana and Marcela Valdez Martinez
Sport: Softball

 
Q: What grades are you in?
Mariana: Senior
Marcela: Senior
 
Q: When did you start playing your sport?
Mariana: I started my sophomore year.
Marcela: Junior year.
 
Q: What influenced your interest in the sport?
Mariana: It looked fun.
Marcela: My sister was in it, so I decided to try it out.
 
Q: Does being on a team strengthen your bond as a sibling? Challenge it?
Mariana: I’m really competitive and there’s always been competition between us, but being on the
team really grew our relationship.
Marcela: We got closer over the years, being together for every game.
 
Q: If you could do it again, would you be on the same team as your sibling?
Mariana: Together.
Marcela: Definitely together.