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MACA October Athletes of the Month
Nora Doxzen, Senior, Varsity Volleyball
The 2017 varsity volleyball season marked unprecedented success for the program. They enjoyed their 3rd consecutive trip to a national tournament. They defeated their first public school program. They achieved the greatest win-loss record in the program’s history. And (of course) they claimed their first MIAC conference championship. There has been so much growth throughout the volleyball program this year, and a defining factor in that has been senior setter, Nora Doxzen.
“Nora has been our leader from day 1”, says coach David Blair. “Wherever we were going to go, and whatever we were going to accomplish, she would be the one that would lead us there”. She put together an incredible statistical campaign, closing her high school career by leading the Lions with 804 assists and 125 aces. She would also eclipse 2000 assists for her career. But ultimately, Nora was our leader. She set the example of “team above everything”. Regardless of how difficult the circumstances out on the court might be, she was the constant force that would lead and encourage the rest of the team across the finish line. And because of that leadership, the Lions would finish the season as champions for the very first time.
Will Brethauer, Senior, Varsity Soccer
Will has consistently been an integral part of MACA’s soccer team for 4 years and has captained the team his senior year. His value to the team can’t be tracked by stats, but it can be noticed by the way he encourages and challenges his teammates, and also by his hard work and hustle in games and practices. Another aspect of his leadership is demonstrated by the hours he spends helping out others. Will has taken the responsibility to coach a Mighty Lions Soccer team and has spent time practicing with them and coaching them Saturday mornings. Coach Schuetz expresses that it is “refreshing to see a talented athlete like Will use his time and abilities to serve others in various ways.” Will also excelled on the soccer field during the NCSAA tournament in Ohio, being recognized by the coaches for sportsmanship and also being named to the NCSAA All-Tournament Team.
Julia Bowen, 8th Grade, Middle School Volleyball
As a third year player at MACA, Julia played an integral part on the Middle School Volleyball Team. For the month of October in particular, she improved on her attacks at the net and her serves. She worked to energize the team and always had high expectations for herself that she tried hard to meet. Julia encouraged her teammates and volunteered often to pray for the team at practices and games. Coach Bowman says, "Julia has a heart for Jesus and for people. She was a true friend to her teammates and her attitude and effort on the court influenced the team as a whole. She was a joy to coach and get to know this season."
Chase Shinabery, 8th Grade, Middle School Soccer
Chase Shinabery started his MACA soccer career in the 5th grade, and from the very start he knew what position he wanted to play. For three seasons he waited for the starting position as a right wing. He would ask almost daily if he could play right wing and almost daily being told no. Meanwhile, he worked hard improving his crossing. His persistence and dedication paid off when he got his chance this season and made his moment count. Coach Teixeira states, “I’ve told our team that Chase was delivering varsity level crosses, and next year's varsity team will benefit from his hard work and never give up attitude.” It was that attitude that earned him MIAC All-Tournament team honors at the conclusion of this year’s MIAC championship game.