|The team had an 8-1 record for the season. Photo: Bradley Mansour.|
Clarkston, Michigan, February 23, 2011 -- Everest Collegiate High
School will not have its first graduating class until the
spring of 2012. But that has not stopped the members
of the school’s first varsity girls’ basketball team from making
a name for itself.
The team -- including two juniors, three
sophomores and six freshman -- are sectional co-champions for 2011,
and their coach, Erin Hearn, was named “Coach of the
Year” in the Intersectional Division. The team had 8 wins
and 1 loss in Catholic League play.
started out this year with the goal of building our
first varsity girls’ team,” said Coach Hearn. “We wanted to
set the foundation for the future.”
The Everest Mountaineers tied as
co-champions with Sacred Heart Academy from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The
teams split their victories in the two meetings. But the
Mountaineers won the tie-breaker to compete in the Catholic League
playoffs because they had a "larger margin of victory” in
the two games.
|Everest coach Erin Hearn, who was named Coach of the Year. Photo taken just after the team received its trophy in Calihan Hall.|
The team received their trophy, and five of
the Everest team members and their coach were honored, on
Sunday, February 19, 2011, during the Catholic League Tournament Championship
finals at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall in
Detroit, Michigan. Everest Collegiate Junior forward Mary Smith was named
to the League’s All Academic team. Freshman guard Angelina Mastromatteo
and freshman forward Mary Jo Allen were named to the
All Catholic team. Junior forward Julianna Mastromatteo and freshman guard
Megan Luttinen were named to the All League team.
The winners shared some thoughts about why they had
such a successful first year.
“We offered every game and every
practice for a special prayer intention that we would agree
upon as a team,” said Mary Smith, co-captain for the
Hearn said the prayer intentions were intended to build
|The Everest Collegiate Lady Mountaineers. Photo by Bradley Mansour.|
team unity and help the girl’s appreciate on the court
the talent God has given them.
“I really like this quote
from [NCAA player and coach] John Wooden,” said Julianna Mastromatteo,
co-captain with Smith. “I think it pretty much sums it
all up. ‘The main ingredient of success is the rest
of the team.’”
The Mountaineers will begin competing in the MHSAA
(Michigan High School Athletic Association) Girls´ State Tournament play-offs on
March 2, 2011.
"I am overwhelmingly pleased with our accomplishments this
season,” said Coach Hearn. “We have established ourselves as a
reputable basketball program in the Detroit Catholic League. Most importantly,
the girls have come together to learn a great deal
about competition, faith, and teamwork. The future looks bright for
EC Girls´ Basketball."