Athletes of the week: Matt Getsy and Karsan Simpson
Male Athleteof the Week
Claim to fame: Getsy was selected to play for the West in the Cager Classic at Highlands High School last week. Getsy tallied 14 points. In the regular season, he recorded 323 points, averaging 12.4 per game.
“He had a tremendous season,” Mars basketball coach Rob Carmody said. “He's a young senior and just starting to reach his potential. He will be a great college athlete and is just starting to learn how to play the game.”
How do you feel at the end of your season?
My first goal was to become a starter, which I did. My next goal was just to do what I could to win. First, I just tried to score some points a game or to get some rebounds. I wanted to reach double digits every game. I also wanted to reach 10 rebounds a game, and I got pretty close to that.
If you could meet anyone who would it be and why?
Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. Probably Kobe, he's been my basketball idol throughout the years. I've always looked up to him and tried to match my game with his.
What is your basketball shoe of choice?
Nike hybrid dunks. I think this is my fourth year in the row getting them. I always end up wearing them until they fall apart.
What is something unique about your Mars basketball experience?
I and my teammate Josh Goetz had a bet since seventh grade about who would dunk first in a game. Ironically, we both did it in the same game.
Female Athleteof the week
Claim to fame: The No. 4 hitter holds a .533 batting average for Knoch's first weekend of play in Kentucky. She mostly serves as a catcher, but will expand her play to shortstop and center field this year. Simpson is one of four returning seniors and has started all four years of her career.
What are your goals for the season?
Bond the team better than we ever have been before. We really succeeded in that while playing in Kentucky. Better myself and focus on my skills for college ball because I'm going to attend La Roche.
Why did you choose La Roche?
I like how the university runs. It's close to home, and I can just drive out there. I wanted to stay involved in family stuff. I like all the classes that they have and that it seems like a close-knit college.
What's it like living on a dairy farm?
We have about 100 cattle and 50 cows. I take care of the babies.
That's what I like to do. My dad and cousin take care of the adults. I have to take a lot of time off because of softball. So they are picking it up. It's a 24/7 job, but I like doing it.
Why did you choose catcher?
I started out playing catcher, and it kind of grew on me. I like to be involved in every single play. I like being on my toes. It keeps me awake. My mom played softball in her high school days and that was her favorite spot. I like to say it stayed in the family. I hope when I have a daughter she will play catcher.
— Brittany Goncar
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