Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marta Sniezek named Gatorade state player of the year in basketball


National Cathedral senior Marta Sniezek (left) was named D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Brandon Parker, washingtonpost.com, March 23, 2015


Just one month after being named D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year in girls' soccer, Marta Sniezek earned the same honor in girls’ basketball earlier this month, bringing her grand hardware total to three.
The National Cathedral senior was also selected as the District’s top girls’ basketball player last year. The rare accomplishment makes Sniezek the only female to win the award in two different sport this year and serves as validation for her decision to play both soccer and basketball as a senior despite being committed to suit up for Stanford’s women’s hoops team next winter.
“I feel a sense of honor and affirmation,” Sniezek said via e-mail. “Being durable on a sustained basis is important in any sport.  I attribute my durability to staying fit throughout the year, ongoing sport-specific practice, and knowing the difference between an injury that requires rest from one that I can play through.”
This past season, Sniezek averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 rebounds to lead National Cathedral to a 20-6 mark and the DCSAA semifinals.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shannon Named to 2014-15 All-Ohio Girls Basketball Team




daytondailynews.com, March 17, 2015
The 2014-15 Associated Press All-Ohio girls basketball teams, based on the recommendations of a media panel: 
DIVISION I: FIRST TEAM: Shannon Coffee, Centerville, 6-5, sr., 20.5pts/game

Monday, March 16, 2015

Shot-swatting Smith continues family's sporting tradition




fiba.com, March 11, 2015

Australia forward Alana Smith is continuing the family tradition of seeking out a career in sport.


Not only is the teenager following in the footsteps of her father Darren who played basketball professionally in the NBL for more than a decade, but also her uncle who played American football in the NCAA.
Once she has appeared for Australia's Gems at the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship in Chekhov, Russia later this year (18-26 July), Smith will then be heading to the United States and specifically to Stanford in order embark on her own college experience.
"Going to college had always been a goal of mine from a young age as my uncle, Jason Smith, went to Cal Lutheran.
"I am so excited to be a part of the Stanford Basketball programme and can't wait to develop and play under their coaching staff.

"I am looking forward to experiencing life in California and bringing a little bit of Aussie swag to the Stanford campus.
"I expect it to be tough, but also enjoyable and I hope to use my strengths to make an impact on court."
Having excelled and top-scored at the FIBA Oceania U18 Championship for Women last year, Smith has clearly had significant baller skills passed down expertly via her father - although she insisted that it has been a very natural and by no means pressured process.
I loved watching my dad play, but he didn't try and force me into the game. -Smith
"He let me make my own decision. I wanted to play like him and I saw him as a great role model," revealed the 18-year-old.
"He has been my own personal coach for the whole of my basketball career and I'm so grateful that he can pass on his expertise to me."
As well as taking inspiration from her father and uncle, Smith is also looking up to Opals forward Rebecca Allen.
"I have been lucky enough to train and play with some great players and I would have to say Rebecca would be one player that I admire most," she smiled.
"I love how 'Bec' [Rebecca Allen] plays, using her height and quickness to her advantage.
"We both played at the same junior club (Nunawading Spectres) and we got to play together last year.
"She is a fantastic player who has been recently elevated into the Australian Opals team that I look up to and hope to play in one day."
Certainly the progress of Smith to date means she could well be in with a chance of realising her senior team dream. She first caught the headlines at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women three years ago, when she came up with a spectacular nine blocks in a game against Japan.
She recalled: "Amsterdam was a fantastic experience, in terms of getting to play against the best players in the world.
Each game [at Amsterdam 2012] was difficult and different from the last, because each team had a different style of play. - Smith
"It was also a great opportunity to experience a different country and culture to my own and being able to experience it with the group of girls from the team was so much fun.
"Overall the tournament was challenging and enjoyable. Each player had a different role in the team to play and we all made a difference in each game.
"I guess in the game against Japan, my role was to protect the basket and I tried to do that to the best of my ability.
"I also have really long arms!" added Smith.
"It will hopefully assist in the team performing well during the Championship and our goal is to get another medal.
"If I am privileged enough to be selected for the team going to Russia, I am most looking forward to playing against world class athletes and trying to push the Australian team deep into the tournament."



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gatorade District Of Columbia Girls Basketball POY: Marta Sniezek




usatodayhss.com, March 12, 2015


THE WINNER: Marta Sniezek
THE BASICS
School: National Cathedral School (Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-7
Athletic achievement: She averaged 24.5 points and six rebounds per game this past season, leading the Eagles (20-6) to the D.C. State Athletic Association semifinals. The district’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year and reigning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she is a 2015 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection.
Academic excellence: Sniezek has maintained a 3.02 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Haiti Relief Fund and with So Others May Eat, delivering food and medical supplies to families in need.
THE PRAISE
“Marta Sniezek is a true competitor down to her core,” said National Cathedral head coach Brittany Mitch. “Her knowledge of the game and her skill level are on another level. She is a true leader.”
THE FUTURE: Sniezek has signed with Stanford.


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Marta Named Gatorade D.C. Soccer POY



Marta Sniezek named D.C. Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year

Brandon Parker, washingtonpost.com, February 6, 2015

 Marta Sniezek has been named the District of Columbia’s Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year.
The National Cathedral senior became the seventh girls’ soccer player from the school to earn the honor after scoring 26 goals and tallying five assists this past fall. Sniezek pushed her career goal total to 54 by scoring twice in National Cathedral’s 3-2 win in the DCIAA championship. She and her teammates finished No. 9 in The Post rankings.
Friday’s announcement marks the second time that Sniezek has won Gatorade player of the year. Last winter, she earned the distinction on the basketball court  after leading the area in scoring for the second straight year.
Sniezek has been named first-team All-Met in both soccer and basketball, and is signed to play the latter at Stanford. The talented guard is currently averaging 26.8 points per game for National Cathedral on the hardwood.

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D.C. Girls Soccer Gatorade Player Of the Year: Marta Sniezek

usatodayhss.com, February 5, 2015


THE WINNER: Marta Sniezek
THE BASICS
School: National Cathedral School (Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-7
Athletic achievement: She led the Eagles to a 13-4-4 record and the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament championship this past season. The 2013-14 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Sniezek scored 26 goals and passed for five assists including a pair of goals in NCS’ 3-2 win over St. John’s in the DCIAA title game. A 2014 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection and a three-time First Team All-Independent School League honoree, she concluded her prep soccer career with 54 goals.
Academic excellence: Sniezek has maintained a 3.05 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Haiti Relief Fund and with So Others May Eat, delivering food and medical supplies to families in need.
THE PRAISE
“Marta Sniezek is an incredibly impressive athlete,” said Chloe Beizer, head coach of the Maret School. “She’s completely dominant in the air, very strong on the ball and ultra-competitive. She was their go-to player and their playmaker. She’s a game-changer.”
THE FUTURE: Sniezek has signed to play basketball at Stanford.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Georgetown Visitation too much for Marta's National Cathedral



National Cathedral's Marta Sniezek, left, calls for a time out as she and a Visitation's player tie up the ball during Georgetown Visitation's defeat of National Cathedral 55 - 48 in girls basketball at the National Cathedral School in Washington DC, January 29, 2014.

Mark Giannotto, washingtonpost.com, January 29, 2015

Georgetown Visitation and National Cathedral both entered undefeated in conference play.
As the fourth-ranked Cubs scored an exciting 55-48 victory over No. 7 National Cathedral to grab control of the Independent School League regular season title race.
The Georgetown Visitation Cubs (18-1, 8-0 ISL) offset a 28-point outburst by Marta Sniezek.
For much of the first half, Sniezek appeared capable of winning the game by herself. National Cathedral (12-1, 6-1), which lost to Georgetown Visitation four times last year, jumped to an 8-0 lead and Sniezek scored all 10 of her team’s second-quarter points. She hit an array of shots from all over the floor during a back-and-forth first half. A late three-pointer gave her 16 points and tied the score at 26 at halftime.
Georgetown Visitation responded and its zone stiffened in the second half. Sniezek went scoreless in the third quarter. “We all kind of collapsed on her and made sure she got the most focus from our defense”.
During Georgetown Visitation’s decisive fourth-quarter surge, Sniezek simply wore down. She missed two free throws, an open three-pointer and a layin on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions.
Then one last 10-point flurry from Sniezek in the final 70 seconds.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three-Pillar Candidate: Alexa Romano is winning on and off the court



Ben Rohrbach, usatodayhss.com, January 21, 2015


Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Alexa Romano
School: La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Sport: Girls Basketball
Class: Senior
Athletic Production: Romano knows the feeling of winning a state championship, just not on a basketball court, so the 5-foot-9 senior guard is doing everything within her power to change that this season.
As a member of La Cueva’s track team, Romano captured the 2012 Class 5A individual state title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.89 seconds as a freshman and the 2014 long jump crown with an effort of 17 feet, 10.5 inches as a junior this past spring.
That athleticism has translated wonderfully to the basketball court, where the Stanford-bound Romano earned New Mexico High School Coaches Assocation Class 5A Player of the Year honors last season and Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2013.
She came within two victories of a state title on the hardcourt as a sophomore and led the Bears to the state quarterfinals last season.
As a senior, she has averaged 20 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists per game, leading La Cueva (10-4) to another solid start. With only a month remaining in the final year of a remarkable prep career, she sure would like to add a hoop trophy alongside her track medals before competing for national titles with the Cardinal.
Academic Achievement: Romano has maintained an A average.
Exemplary Character: An accomplished pianist, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church, multiple homeless shelters, the Special Olympics and the Spanish National Honor Society.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

La Cueva senior Romano trying to win state championship before heading on to Stanford/Update




Andy Morgan, kob.com, January 13, 2015


Alexa Romano is a 5'9" senior for the La Cueva Lady Bears, and she can do it all.
"She doesn't really have a chink in her armor," said La Cueva head coach Robert Perea. "She's the best defender on the team, she's the best passer, best ball handler and she's the best shooter."
"I have different aspects of my game, so I think being a combo guard is what sets me apart," Romano said.
She has the skills to take over a game with her elite ability to score the basketball, and her coach wouldn't mind seeing her be a little less unselfish.
"Sometimes she's got that pass-first mentality, and when the clock starts to become four minutes or less, I just want her to shoot the ball" Perea said.
For Romano, it's all about flipping a switch.
"It flips on during close games. When it's tied [in the] 4th quarter, I just get competitive. I feel alive. Those games make you intense," she said.
Romano will play her college ball at Stanford University next season. And while her focus is on winning a state championship at La Cueva this year, she's excited about the opportunity to play for one of the top college coaches in the nation.
"Playing for Tara VanDerVeer, a hall of famer…I just love to challenge myself, and playing under her is going to be a really big challenge."
Romano's next challenge will come on Wednesday against Albuquerque High.

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Mark Rudi, csun-news.com, January 16, 2015

The Las Cruces girls lost to La Cueva 46-39 on Friday night at Las Cruces High School.
Stanford signee Alexa Romano had 11 points for the Bears.



Marta Update




washingtonpost.com, January 12, 2015

Marta Sniezek pitched in 27 points in a 73-26 win for the Eagles.


Shannon Update




daytondailynews.com, January 13, 2015

Centerville 58, Princeton 50: Shannon Coffee had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Elks (9-3) in win.