When she was little, Lady Wildcat Nena Rubin played just about every sport they offered, and she dreamed of Olympic glory. “I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast,” Nena told me.

These days her focus is soccer, playing outside midfielder and forward for LHHS. “Last year, we were regional quarterfinal champions, and we want to go to the playoffs again.” Nena enjoys the thrill of victory and the challenge of the competition, but she’s also in it for fun. “The best part of playoffs is the travel. Last year on the bus we’d sit and talk and laugh, and sometimes we’d all start singing along to someone’s ipod until the whole bus was singing together. It was great.”

Nena’s a busy girl. The LHHS senior is on the Wildcat Wrangler country and western dance team, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of National Honor Society and Young Life. She likes country music, especially Taylor Swift, and she watches funny movies in her spare time. On game days she tries to eat healthy and drink lots of water, but she admits to indulging in chocolate chip cookies the rest of the week.

Nena doesn’t plan to play college soccer, so this season will be her last. In the fall, she’ll attend UT in Austin to study business, where she hopes to find time to play intermural sports “for fun.” And she sends a personal invitation for LH fans to come out and support the Lady Wildcats, but she has some advice – dress warmly. The Boneyard can be a bit nippy in January.