The only thing Bella Niedermair needs now is a cape. And maybe a phone booth for the quick change.
She’s got every other aspect of the Superman routine covered, right down to the Clark Kent role of reporter.
Niedermair, a senior at Analy High, is pulling a double Friday night. At 6 p.m. she will suit up for the Schools Plus senior all-star basketball game at Montgomery High, representing Analy and the Sonoma County League.
By 8:30 p.m. she’ll be across town at Santa Rosa High for kickoff of the Santa Rosa Kiwanis all-star soccer game, representing Analy and the best soccer-playing seniors from the north end of Sonoma County. To Niedermair’s way of thinking, it’s no biggie.
“I have been juggling those two sports for four years,” she said. “I figured I may as well do that for my last game as well.”
Niedermair’s double duty is no surprise to Analy girls basketball coach Earl Passamonte.
“In 17 years, I have never had anybody like her. She’s a beast,” he said. “She would go hard all of the time. She’s unreal. I don’t even know how she functions.”
Niedermair has started on the varsity basketball team since her freshman year. And that was despite the fact that she made it known that, yes, she would be balancing Tigers basketball and soccer with club soccer with Santa Rosa United.
“I’ve always played basketball and soccer,” she said. “I’m pretty used to going to two practices in a day.”
Passamonte thought surely he’d have to serve up an ultimatum.
“Absolutely. I thought I was (going to have) to be a hard-ass and tell her she was going to have to pick one or the other,” he said.
“I never had to say that. She never gave me a reason to doubt whether or not she could do what she said she could do. She proved me wrong quickly.”
She also proved herself invaluable in just about every discipline to which she applied focus.
In the fall, Niedermair anchored the Tigers’ defense in soccer as Analy finished second in the Sonoma County League and made it to the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section tournament. She was named second-team All-Empire.
In the winter, playing post for the Tigers basketball team, Niedermair led the squad in both points and rebounds with 10 per game in both categories. Analy finshed 19-10 overall and 10-2 in league, finishing second in the SCL.
Jann Thorpe knows all about what Niedermair can do.
The Sonoma Valley Dragons basketball coach had to deal with her all season long in the battle for league supremacy.
“She’s a big force to be reckoned with inside. She is very strong, very active. She moves really well,” she said. “She’s definitely someone you have to strategize around.”
But on Friday, instead of trying to find a way to stop her, Thorpe — who will coach the SCL all-stars — has Niedermair’s talents at her disposal.
“I think that’s going to be fun,” she said.
Fun is how Niedermair sounds when she talks about sports. I don’t get any sense of obligation or even fatigue.