Athlete of the Week: Drew Abate

By LAUREN DEMPSEY

As the Garnets varsity boys basketball team’s top rebounder and one of its leading scorers, Drew Abate has earned himself this week’s honor.

AOTWA starter since his sophomore season, Abate has had the rare honor of being named a Captain as a junior. He fought off injury and illness this season to average eight rebounds per game and twelve points.

“Drew’s a great teammate and even better friend,” teammate Dan Mangum said. “He always gives it his all in everything he does and it has really paid off for him this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to compete with the past couple of years.”

Drew and his teammates have more than basketball in their hearts. This year, like the past several years, the basketball team visited the Port Chester Nursing Home and interacted with all of its residents, bringing a smile to the their faces and warmth in their hearts.

“Against Ossining, Drew led the Garnets to a 58-50 win,” head coach John Aguilar said. “He led the team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. In the finals of the Rye Tournament, Drew led us with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He is a captain and was just voted All-League honors. He is one of the leaders in our section in charges taken and is the heart and soul of our defense.”

Abate followed up the regular season with a 13-point performance in the Garnets win in the opening round of the sectional playoffs. This tri-season athlete is also a key member of the football and lacrosse teams. In addition, he works hard on his studies too, maintaining a spot on the high honor role every quarter of high school.