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January Student Athletes of the Month

MACA January Student  Athletes of the Month


Emma Magnuson, Senior, Varsity Cheerleading

In speaking of MACA Cheer Captain, Emma Magnuson, Coach Tara Bartolain states, “Emma shows love for Christ and willingness to serve, showing respect to all around her,  she is encouraging to her teammates and enthusiastic about her sport.”  Always counted on to give 110%, Emma goes above and beyond what is asked of her at all times.  She is also a mentor to MACA’s younger cheerleaders, having assisted with the Mighty Lions program since her freshman year.  In January, MACA’s cheerleaders won 1st place in their division at the CCA Cheer Competition in Lynchburg, VA.  Emma participated in the individual jump- off and tumble- off during CCA competition. MACA’s cheer program has been strengthened through the leadership of Senior Emma Magnuson.

Will Brethauer, Senior, Varsity Boys Basketball


MACA Head Coach Tim Webster states, “Will is our co-captain and a clear leader on our team. When the game is on the line, Will wants the ball in his hands to take that last shot. Two different times in our recent games, he hit key foul shots to seal the victory. Nothing thrills a coach more than having his senior leader say, ‘Get me the ball. I will make the shot.’ I love Will's confidence and his courage.”  This season Will has averaged 17.5 points per game and 10.8 rebounds. For those familiar with basketball, that is a solid "double double" average. In January, Will hit a milestone that few athletes ever achieve. He scored the 1000th point of his career. While these statistics are impressive, there are other contributions that Will makes that do not show up in the score box. Will often leads our team in prayer, and when he doesn't lead the prayer himself, he nominates someone else to pray. Will motivates our team to believe we can win. They often hear him saying, "We are not going to lose this game." While encouraging confidence in his teammates, he instills fear in our competition.  Coach Webster heard a coach say at a recent game, "There he is. The mask. I talked to our team about the mask." The University of Maryland boasts, "Fear the turtle." MACA shouts, "Fear the mask." Webster concludes, “It's an honor to be Will's coach. His leadership on and off the court makes my job a whole lot easier.”


Julianna Brown, 6th Grade, Middle School Girls Basketball

Coach Tommy Thompson states, “Julianna is always there for her teammates and is always smiling no matter how tough things may seem to be. She shows up for practice every day with a smile ready to work.”  Even though this is her first year playing basketball, Julianna has shown a true passion to make sure she is doing all she can to help the team.  Although kind of soft spoken, Julianna exudes a calm confident demeanor that makes it easy for her teammates to rely on her. As a team, MACA’s MS Girls know that Julianna  will always bring her best when on the floor.   Julianna scored four points and had two steals in the girls Homecoming game against Rockbridge Academy

Hunter Bowen, 8th Grade, Middle School Boys Basketball

A quiet leader, Hunter Bowen can always be counted on to give all out effort in practices and games.  Hunter has been the MS Boys team’s best defender all year.  In the month of January, Hunter’s hard work paid off as he earned the starting point guard spot.  Speaking of Hunter, Coach Teixeira states, “There are two types of basketball players prey and hunters. Opponents quickly learn that his name is not just a name but a state of mind.”


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