In this Sportscenter Era in which every athlete wants to become the next LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, it is refreshing to hear a player attempt to carve her own path. The leading scorer on No. 13-ranked Adelphi Panthers basketball is content being the best Jessica Kitrys she can be.
“I never really had a favorite athlete growing up,” said the senior from Parlin, NJ. “I just have a favorite team,” she added. That team-first mentality has enabled her to lead the Adelphi Panthers to a 12-1 start to the season which garnered national recognition in the latest coaches poll. They peaked at No. 13 with only one team in the NE-10 ranked higher, and that is Bentley University which also began 12-0.
One wonderful aspect of sports is that no matter how much emphasis is put on individual performance, the team’s success is still the be-all-of-end-all. Even in the sport of swimming, individuals are forced to put their egos aside to help their team. According to St. Joseph’s sophomore Kim Mazza, who was just named Skyline Player of the Week for her performance, “Swimming is certainly a team sport. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my team. Although I am in the water by myself it still takes the team’s effort to win,” she added.
When you dedicate yourself to one sport for your whole life, success is truly earned. Sabre Proctor and Kori Bayne-Walker, two standout players on Stony Brook women’s basketball, are two athletes who are able to say that their accolades have come to fruition through dedication and by focusing on only basketball their whole lives.
Proctor was named America East co-player of the week for her performances through the first week of the season. The junior has led the Seawolves to a quick start while she has averaged 14.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. During a crucial victory last week, she recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and adding 10 rebounds against St. Peters. Proctor is a very talented shooter as well, shooting 46 percent from the field, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line.
Whether it was by throwing bodies around the ring or marrying the daughter of one of the most recognizable faces in the sport, Bully Ray has been in the spotlight of professional wrestling for the past 18 years. Now, the Queens native will be competing at the NYCB Westbury Theater on December 28 at the TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour.
Born Mark LoMonaco, Bully Ray was an accomplished discus thrower in high school. That, however, was always secondary for him; he knew that wrestling was his future. The now 42-year-old wrestler claims he only had one goal in life, and that was to be a professional wrestler. Having fulfilled that dream has him “waking up every day and doing what I love to do.”
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubauch once said, “In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry.” The same applies to the volleyball court, according to St. Joseph’s star players Heather Ferchland and Tiffany Willms. The duo led the Golden Eagles to the Skyline Conference title with a victory over No. 1 ranked Sage. It was the first conference title for women’s volleyball since 2003.
Ferchland was named the tournament’s most outstanding player for her performance which included 22 kills and 5 digs against Sage. She was also named ECAC Metro Player of the Week for the second time this season.
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