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February 5, 2014

Siblings stand out in sports, studies

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“We’ve talked about it, finding a school while he gets his pro career going,” Kendall said. “We’ll see what ends up falling into place.”

While the youngest of the trio, it was Rachel who achieved a longtime family goal – winning a state championship.

“They were so supportive of me,” the honors student and all-state athlete said of her siblings. “Kendall was there and Katie called me crying after the first and second one. We really wanted it.”

Kendall said both titles were memorable experiences for the family.

“It was awesome to be there and see those,” he said. “I watched Katie work so hard at it and be disappointed that they didn’t win it, and I struggled with that my whole high school career, not winning a sectional in basketball and losing in regionals in football. To see Rachel do it was amazing, especially to see the great support they had.”

One of the more difficult things for each has been not being able to see one another play as much as they’d like because of crammed, conflicting schedules.

“I’ve never seen their games as much as I wanted to,” Katie said. “We always go see Kendall over Christmas, and I made it to three of Rachel’s games this year, which was awesome, but I would’ve wanted to see a lot more.”

That opportunity will come soon enough when Rachel’s at ISU, where she’s ready to take the next step in her life and live up to the standard set by her older sister and brother.

“It’s very exciting and a great opportunity to play Division I volleyball while getting my schooling paid for,” Rachel said. “It’s also nice being just an hour away from home.”

The Griffin children all praise their parents, who were multi-sport athletes at Marian College in the 1980s.

“I have no idea how they did what they did, but they are amazing parents and people,” Rachel said. “If we do anything that’s remotely wrong, the guilt just kills us. We don’t ever want to let them down, and we all just encourage one another.”

Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports writer Brent Glasgow on Twitter @BGlasgow37.

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