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MACA November Athletes of the Month
Caitlyn Gilbert, Sophomore, Varsity Girls Basketball
Caitlyn Gilbert is a new and important addition to the MACA Lady Lions Varsity Girls basketball team. She had an amazing first month of the season with 3 double-doubles. Caitlyn brings toughness and leadership and backs it up with her play. She works hard at practices and even harder during games. Caitlyn fights hard under the boards and plays through nagging pain. She does not quit and leaves it all on the court
Coach Finch states, “As a coach you are fortunate to be able to coach - and even more fortunate to have a player like Caitlyn who wants to be coached and wants to get better. Caitlyn is tough, aggressive, has an amazing sense of humor and has quickly developed into a leader on our team.”
Austin Finch, Senior, Varsity Boys Basketball
There is a saying in sports, “Don’t leave anything on the court.” It’s a phrase used for players who give every last ounce of effort. Austin Finch personifies this principle. Coach Tim Webster says, “He is among the hardest working athletes that I have ever had the privilege of coaching. It’s typical to have a player who is intense offensively or defensively, but very rarely can one find an athlete who gives equal effort on both ends of the court.” From tip off until final whistle Austin gives his very best every moment he is on the floor. His teammates joke about the sweat that soaks his shirt and drips from his head, but they also know that his perspiration is evidence of the hard work he puts into the game. Amazingly, with such intensity, he also plays under control with a cool head. He never loses his composure and always manages to have a good attitude even while he intensely pushes himself to the limits. From time to time, athletes who have no real skill, make their way in the game by sheer energy. But Austin is not just a hard worker, he is a skilled player. He is averaging over 13 points per game and collecting 8 rebounds per contest. He is shooting a very impressive 57% from the field. He earned an all-tournament first team nomination at the Covenant Life Tipoff. And, as noteworthy as those offensive statistics are, the more impressive accolade is what he has done to opposing scoring threats. He is a lock-down defensive player who night in and night out has the best offensive player from the opposing team to shut down. He never fails to hold his man to far less productivity than his average. In short, Austin is the dream of any coach. Hard-working and very skilled – a lethal combination.
Sadie Zenter, 8th Grade, Middle School Girls Basketball
Sadie Zenter has been a member of the MACA middle school girls basketball team for three years now. This year she has stepped forward as a team leader helping make sure the younger girls all feel like part of the team. Coach Thompson has known Sadie since she was in second grade. He states, “Sadie has always been extremely athletic and this year she has worked extra hard to focus and harness her true potential.” Sadie’s teammates and Coach Thompson have a saying they have developed as a fun way to help Sadie achieve her goals this year. As a team they sing aloud, “Sadie you will only be as great as your focus this year.” This was truly on display in a game earlier this year when Sadie had 10 points and 5 steals against Liberty Christian Academy. Coach Thompson is very proud of all Sadie has accomplished and is excited to have a front row seat to see what she can achieve next.
Caleb Stein, 6th Grade, Middle School Boys Basketball
The first 6th grader to be selected to the middle boys basketball team in three seasons, Caleb Stein has proven himself in practice to be the future of MACA basketball. He frequently hits shots in practice against players bigger, faster, and more experienced. His teammates and coach look forward to when teams will underestimate his shooting abilities. Growing in confidence and respect, he has taken on a leadership role with the substitutes. Talking with his father after his selection to the team, Coach Teixeira commented, “He can shoot.” His father said, “He likes to shoot.” Shooting is an art, and like the painters of old, Coach Teixeira looks forward to seeing the finished work at the end of the season.