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Jeannette sophomore basketball player Carl picks up honors

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 10:06 p.m.
Monica Carl is a sophomore on the Lady Jays basketball team. Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit

Monica Carl is a sophmore at Jeannette High School who has received her first Student Athlete of the Week honor as a member of the Lady Jays basketball team.

Carl has been playing the sport since she was in sixth grade.

“I was always tall, I figured it would be a good sport for me,” she said, with a laugh.

She enjoys the teamwork of basketball.

“You really have to work together to get it accomplished,” said Carl, who participates in soccer and softball as well. In all of her sports, she has to work with her teammates, but Carl said, “In basketball, you really have to work together.

“We're all together. We work as a team, play as a team and win as a team. We are a big family.”

Carl is a center for the Lady Jays and she enjoys getting rebounds and setting up on defense.

“I like playing down low on defense, it's important.”

Carl describes her teammates as a competitive group of girls. Coach LuAnn Mills is really helpful and cares about each player.

“If you're down, she's the first one pulling you back up,” said Carl. “She knows what she's doing. She's good at explaining things to us. She does it in a way that's fun, but we learn from it.”

Carl's individual goals for this season are to get all of the rebounds that she can and to help the team as much as she can.

The team's goal is to make it to the state championships.

She typically feels that softball and basketball are her strongest sports, but this year she's leaning more toward basketball as her favorite.

“I'm not a person who can sit around all day, I need to be active,” she said. “Sports is everything to me. If I didn't do sports, I wouldn't be who I am today.

“I wouldn't be able to push myself like I do now.”

After high school graduation, Carl would like to attend college and to continue playing a sport. She hasn't settled on a sport or a major, but she has always been interested in becoming a police officer. She has always liked the idea of attending Penn State University, but she hasn't decided on a final destination just yet.

She lives at home with her parents, Stacy Swanson and John Carl. She has a younger sister, Brittany Carl.

“I want to thank my parents for always pushing me to do my best and telling me I can do it,” she said. “I'd like to thank my coach for making me a better player.”

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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