Athlete of the Week: Madeline Eck

By LAUREN DEMPSEY
Leading her team to the County Center for the Girls Basketball Sectional Championships, sophomore Maddie Eck has earned this week’s honor.

Eck has averaged 15 points a game so far in the playoffs, with wins over Pelham and Sleepy Hollow. Besides leading the team in scoring, she is also a pristine passer, distributing the ball unselfishly to her teammates as well as being a key player on defense, averaging seven rebounds a game.

“Maddie is not only an amazing athlete and basketball player, but she’s a great friend” senior co-captain Hannah Billingsley said. “Even though she’s only a sophomore, she’s one of the most mature people I know and it shows on the basketball court. Being an underclassman on varsity can be stressful, but she always plays with confidence and it drives our team. I couldn’t imagine our team without her.”

AOTWCoach Dennis Hurlie agreed with Billingsley’s assessment.

“Maddie Eck is a special athlete with terrific work ethic and focus” he said. “During her freshman and sophomore year, we have relied on her to score, rebound and guard the opponent’s best player‑we ask much of her and she responds. Maddie is one of the best basketball players in Section 1 and, fortunately for us, we get to watch her perform for two more years.”

Maddie, an extremely gifted all-around athlete, has played on varsity since eighth grade. In the fall, she has been the starting goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team since her freshman season. She also participates in AAU basketball and club soccer, all while maintaining a position on the high honor roll.

Eck also finds time to help others despite her busy schedule. Maddie volunteers for the Food 2 Grow On organization, a program that was created to help provide food for children and families who very often cannot easily supply for themselves.