Basalt Excessive College soccer coach Carl Frerichs noticed the expertise early on and did what he may to steer the twins towards Longhorn athletics. The center faculty’s fitness center trainer and basketball coach, he started recruiting Katie and Chandra Bohannan lengthy earlier than they began taking lessons on the opposite facet of the freeway and boy — or ought to we are saying, woman — did that repay.
“On the sixth grade parent-teacher convention, I advised their mother and father … we obtained to get them concerned in staff sports activities as a result of they’re completely dominating my P.E. class,” Frerichs just lately recalled. “Whenever you go into schooling, you suppose you’ll perhaps encourage youngsters to do issues like that. However what I’ve actually realized is I really feel like I’m impressed far more by youngsters like Katie and Chandra than something I’ve ever completed.”
Now seniors at BHS, the Bohannan sisters have actually left their mark on Longhorn sports activities. Notably, Chandra must be in uniform for the soccer staff’s Saturday home playoff game against Sand Creek, the place she is believed to be the primary woman to have performed all 4 years on the Basalt soccer staff.
Katie additionally performed soccer for BHS as a freshman and sophomore, and stays on board as a staff supervisor. Neither sister had ever performed organized soccer earlier than attending to highschool.
“It simply appeared enjoyable and the blokes wished me to come back out, however I couldn’t as a result of I had different obligations going at the moment. However coming as much as our freshman 12 months … they pulled me and my sister into it and signed us up,” Chandra mentioned of enjoying soccer. “I didn’t know what I used to be getting myself into. But it surely actually helped having my mates together with me and guiding me and giving me some pointers and that helped me via.”
Chandra is hardly a sideline ornament. She performs on each traces and serves because the staff’s primary scout staff nostril sort out through the week. Frerichs has no drawback throwing her into varsity video games, the place she’s realized to match the physicality of her male counterparts on the gridiron.
“She undoubtedly is aware of what soccer is as a result of she is correct in the midst of it each week,” Frerichs mentioned. “She is often proper in the midst of the motion all week and he or she by no means backs down. She by no means complains. She works her tail off. It doesn’t matter the place we inform her she goes to go, she performs actually exhausting.”
Katie moved on from enjoying soccer after her sophomore 12 months, deciding to hitch the all-girls rugby staff, successfully via Glenwood Springs Excessive College. Whereas rugby matches have been few and much between since she joined the staff due to the pandemic, Katie has crammed in that point as BHS soccer’s staff supervisor, the place she is answerable for filling water bottles and gathering footballs, amongst different duties.
Katie mentioned she largely wished to be the staff supervisor to proceed to assist her sister, who remained on as a participant.
“Undoubtedly not. I undoubtedly wanted my sister there,” Katie mentioned when requested if she would have ever tried enjoying soccer with out Chandra. “Soccer was enjoyable and all the pieces, I simply wasn’t as robust and as robust as the blokes, so I didn’t play a lot. It was enjoyable to look at and be on the staff and all the pieces, however I wished to be extra lively.”
So far as soccer and rugby go, that’s simply the tip of the iceberg for the twins. Each sisters have been a key part of the BHS girls basketball team’s resurgence this previous winter, and can compete on the varsity’s monitor and subject staff this spring.
Whereas their first sport was really mutton busting on the rodeo, in keeping with their father, Rick, the women’ background is really in martial arts. Each sisters are black belts in taekwondo, which helped them develop abilities which have carried over into their highschool sports activities.
“That’s what actually gave them their power for basketball and for soccer,” Rick Bohannan mentioned. “Because the starting, we had a rule that we’d assist them in any sport, however once they begin a sport they obtained to complete it. They usually did do fairly good at that.”
Rick, alongside along with his spouse, Dana, are the women’ adopted mother and father. Katie and Chandra have been born in Cambodia, with Rick and Dana pulling them out of a Cambodian orphanage simply shy of their second birthday. The women do not know who’s older, nor do they significantly care, and are roughly inseparable, as completely different as they’ll typically be.
“Their taekwondo trainer referred to as them ‘mirror twins.’ It was like Yin, and the opposite is Yang,” Rick mentioned. “Certainly one of them is right-handed, the opposite is left-handed. They’re type of opposites. You ask them any query, and one reply can be ‘sure’ and one can be ‘no.’”
The sisters are most certainly headed to Colorado State College subsequent fall. Katie plans to pursue a level in zoology, whereas Chandra goes for psychology.
And in what’s prone to be the ultimate days or, hopefully, weeks of Chandra’s soccer profession, she had nothing however good issues to say about her resolution to play within the first place. It was trou