Athlete of the week: Amanda Yanett 5-9-2014

amanda-yannett-picBy LAUREN DEMPSEY
Exhibiting her skills at the plate on offense and behind the plate on defense, junior Amanda Yannett has been named Rye’s Athlete of the Week.

Amanda started playing softball in third grade and is now in her third year on varsity. She has one of the highest batting averages on the team and also provides some pop, leading the team in home runs.

“Amanda is an amazing player who constantly helps and encourages her teammates to be the best that they can be,” teammate Maya Fitzgerald said.

Head coach Alex Tejera said that Yannett is integral to Rye’s success.

“Amanda is one of our key players both offensively and defensively,” he said. “As our cleanup batter, she consistently supplies clutch hits, driving in runs. She is also our starting catcher, which is such an important position in softball. As the catcher, she directs the team on the field.”

Amanda also plays a key role on the varsity soccer team. When not on the field, Amanda hits the books, taking three AP classes and maintains a spot on the high honor roll every quarter.

She also is a key leader at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and has traveled as far as Utah to carry out her duties. Amanda dedicates her time to helping others. She likes teaching young and upcoming softball players the tricks of the trade and is currently a coach of the Comets as well an umpire in the Rye Girls Sports Softball League.

Amanda also tutors children and spends each summer as a volunteer at a sleep-away camp, where she also teaches wakeboarding. She also excels in photography, as she has worked with National Geographic.