MADISON — Boone County is home to exceptional student athletes who strive to succeed in all they do, whether that is on the field, on the court, or in the classroom. One such student is Scott High School senior Lilly Bias, who is captain of the girls’ soccer team coached by Woody Hunter.
Bias, the daughter of Chris and Paula Bias, has played soccer for much of her life — 12 years, in fact. Starting out in buddy league, then moving up through middle school and high school, Bias said, the game has been nothing short of a passion. Hunter was also a coach for her in middle school, and she has also been coached by Jeremy Sayre, Catherine Mohn-Lowe, Del Kimbler and Bobby Miller.
Bias, who plays as a forward for Scott, enjoys facing challenges in soccer.
“I love the amount of effort you have to put in to be able to score. I love that it’s not easy,” she said. “You have a lot of running involved, you have a lot of teamwork.”
Teamwork is as important to her as it is important to the game, as she takes a leadership role on the Lady Skyhawks squad.
“I love the team,” she said. “Every team I’ve been on has been great…it’s a great program to be a part of.”
Achieving as an athlete relates to her achievements as a student as well. Bias is an honor student with a 4.25 GPA, and she says the same drive that powers her in sports is applied to her work in school. Many of her teammates, who themselves are accomplished students, take the same classes she does and they work together to help one another succeed.
“It helps that we can work together on the way to games,” Bias said.
She is also a student leader in Young Life, and was slated to attend this year’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She takes part in Inspire2Vote, an organization that encourages young people to vote. Scott High School has been given a state award for its efforts. Additionally, she works with students who have impairments through Partners Club, helps out with Special Olympics, and is running for re-election as secretary of her class.
One of her greatest inspirations is Madhavi Amaravadi, a science teacher at Scott whom she and other students affectionately call “Mrs. M.”
“With her class being college-like, she’s really pushed me to work hard,” Bias said. She notes that Amaravadi is always interested in how the team is doing, and has a great relationship with her students.
Bias said she would like to play soccer at the collegiate level.
“I’ve been setting up to meet with a few coaches who are interested in me, but with coronavirus, the rules make everything a little harder,” she said. She is still undecided as to which school she will attend, but she notes that she is interested in going into a healthcare field such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.
Coach Woody Hunter praises how well Bias works with him and other coaches. She has been instrumental to the Lady Hawks team through her field awareness and her determination, which he said has been excellent.
“She’s got a motor that doesn’t stop,” Hunter said. “She works well with the girls and helps me out a lot. She’s my right-hand man.”
Bias gets on well with other teammates and earns respect as a player through working with everyone closely and kindly. Hunter has known her for many years, and he said he will miss her when she graduates.
“She’s the type of young lady that makes it enjoyable to be a coach. To be able to watch her grow and become a better athlete, she’s turned into a great young lady. I’m very proud of her,” said Hunter, adding that he considers coaching her to be an honor.
Her father, Chris Bias, said he is proud of how she has grown as a person through academics and athletics.
“Sports has really helped her confidence. She’s a hard worker, so that makes her rise up in the opinion of her coaches and her teammates. She’s one who will never leave the field unless you drag her off,” he said.
Her father said Bias leads by example, listening well and doing what she must. While not being the tallest player on her team, she nonetheless remains tough in battles on the field.
“She’s a lot of fun to watch, and I think that also gives her teammates confidence to try harder, too.”
He said he is thankful that buddy league was available for his daughter, since girls did not have many opportunities in sports until fairly recently. The people who have worked hard to make those soccer leagues happen are the reason Boone County sees teams compete the way they do today.
For Bias, her gratitude goes out to the family and friends who have made her who she is today.
“I’d really like to thank them for helping me boost my confidence and work harder,” she said.
She said her teammates, especially, give her that confidence and drive. She said they take and give feedback well with her as captain, and that makes the team strong.