Karen Bostick told her son that he could start playing any sport he wanted to, so long as he did not quit it.
Noah Bostick heeded those words from his mom.
As a freshman at North Hills High School four years ago, Noah Bostick was on the diving team. As a sophomore he decided to add soccer and track and field to his list of varsity sports. As a junior he added volleyball.
And this past school year as a senior, Bostick finished his varsity career in all four sports ... without quitting any of them.
"I definitely wanted to stick with all four," Bostick said. "My mom let me play whatever sport I wanted to as long as I didn't quit it. I was able to make some great friends, different groups of friends."
Not only did Bostick not quit, he excelled.
Bostick has been named the Post-Gazette North Xtra Male High School Athlete of the Year.
Bostick, a slender 6-foot-4 athlete, was an all-section center on the soccer pitch. In volleyball he was an outside hitter and was named third-team All-WPIAL Class AAA as a junior. He also played on the Pittsburgh Volleyball Club travel team that just returned from a national tournament last week. His track and field events were the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.
Bostick enjoyed his most success on the diving board. As a sophomore he won a bronze medal at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships. As a junior he won silver and this past February he completed the medal sweep and his ascension up the WPIAL podium with a gold-medal score of 506.85. He also finished third at the PIAA Class AAA diving championships.
"I really enjoyed all my sports but my biggest accomplishment was winning WPIALs in diving," Bostick said. "Soccer was probably the most fun -- we had a great group of kids."
Despite his success in diving, Bostick wanted to try something else for college. When it came time to decide a sport to play in college, Bostick narrowed it down to volleyball and track and field.
One track and field offer stood out the most, and to anyone who knows Bostick, his choice was no surprise.
Bostick will attend Slippery Rock University on a track scholarship to compete in the decathlon, a combined discipline that tests an athlete's speed, strength agility and endurance that consists of 10 track and field events.
The decathlon is not an option in high school track and field events.
"In high school you can only do four events per meet," Bostick said. "I have trained for most of the events, I just have to pick up all the throwing events and the mile. I think I can learn quickly."
Bostick lists his favorite athlete as Ashton Eaton, not a common answer among most recent high school graduates but for Bostick it makes perfect sense. Eaton is a U.S. Olympic champion and the world record-holder in the decathlon.
Balancing the 10 events plus a college academic workload -- he plans to major in exercise science -- should not be a problem for Bostick. He played four sports in high school, including volleyball and track that both occurred in the spring.
"The hardest thing is balancing school work and activities," Bostick said. "But doing all the sports really helped me stay on top of everything. I never really felt that pressured, it was mostly for fun.
"I love sports, doing them all has been really great."