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Several South Williamsport basketball players reach great heights.
The sport is different now, but almost all Constables have been on great teams in other sports as well. Starters Claudia Green, Piper Minier, Sofia Casella and Aleigha Rieppel also made the Southern State semifinal football team last fall, as did key reserve Abby Akers. Starting guard Lacey Kriebel and valuable reserve Alizabeth Schuler started for the Southern softball team that reached the Little League World Series three years ago.
We get the idea. South has become a figurehead for the multi-sport athlete. That experience helped lead the Mounties (23-4) to today’s Class AA quarterfinals in Danville where they will face Mount Carmel, another team made up of accomplished and versatile athletes.
“It’s important for multi-sport athletes to be exposed to as many different experiences and as many game situations as possible,” South coach Justin Marnon said after South beat Sacred Heart Academy, 42-22, in the second round last Friday. The skill set may change from sport to sport, but the competitive nature shifts from the soccer field or softball field to the basketball court.
Although the sport is different now, many Southern players have experienced big game situations, electric atmospheres and high-stakes contests before. In this sense, what is happening now is nothing new.
And that’s a huge asset that came to light at crucial times. Nothing was easy in the playoffs, but South never gave up. He rallied 18 in his District Playoff opener against Millville, erased a second-half deficit in the semifinal against Mount Carmel and rallied nine in the fourth quarter at Minersville in the first. state tournament round.
Maybe they had never been there before as basketball players, but South had encountered and conquered scenarios like these in another sport. The football and softball teams have all had key playoff victories, reinforcing the belief that anything is possible.
This is one of the main reasons it became one of the top eight Class AA basketball teams in the state.
” It helps. Four out of five of us (newbies) played football and made it to the state semis,” Green, the team’s only senior starter, said. “It helps with the pressure we get from different people and the pressure of the game.”
Another important intangible provided by these other sports experiences is chemistry. These players already know each other so well. They’ve formed relationships, learned to work together, and been through every emotional roller coaster that sports can provide.
And that was before the basketball season even started.
These players know each other as well as they know each other. When the games are at their most tense, it’s good to have people around they can trust and the Mounties have developed that bond across the sports spectrum.
“We all have the chemistry together to play football. That transfers right into basketball,” said Green. “We went from football to basketball, so a lot of us were already so close. Bringing that to basketball has helped us get so far.
So has a fierce work ethic.
At their core, these athletes are winners. They have paid the price for success in other sports and that translates to basketball as well. They know winning doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work and unwavering determination.
Watch South play basketball or any other sport and those qualities come out.
“We all want to win so badly” green said “In training we always play hard against each other to improve because we don’t want to lose against each other in training either.”
The seasons change but these multisport athletes do not change their mentalities. They know how to win on the court after having done so in other sports.
The more they play, the more they learn. They’re talented, but these versatile constables also have the knowledge, desire and belief that grew from playing multiple sports together.
Several will also compete this spring in softball or track and field. But right now, it’s all basketball, all the time. For now, it’s the only sport that matters.
“Just knowing at this stage that every time we step out on the pitch we’re going to give it our all is huge,” said Marnon. “It’s great leadership. They have matured a lot and understand the game and know what works and can see things very well.
“It’s great from a coaching perspective to see them build the success that they have for themselves.”