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McGrew of Winfield High School is gamer of the week

December 26, 2018

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to junior Mara McGrew of Winfield High School.

The Generals basketball team has had a great start to the season, sitting at 5-1. A standout player who has been a great attribution to the team is Mara McGrew; although she is just a junior, Mara has really stepped up this year and started to fill the role as a leader.

When asked about how the season is going, Mara was excited to say, “It’s going really good. We had a rough start, but we have gotten in the groove, adjusting well to playing together and for the new head coach, Kelsey Spang.” As for a personal goal for the season, McGrew stated, “I would like to improve my overall game, be more aggressive and really contribute more to the team. When it comes to our team goals, we have one thing in mind, and that is to make it to states.”

A huge inspiration in Mara’s life is her grandpa,

Roger Hart; he played at UC when he was in college and has always been a great mentor for Mara and her brother throughout middle school and high school basketball.

Mara is the daughter of Robin and Bruce McGrew; she is active at Winfield with participating in a variety of clubs including Beta Club, Key Club, Mu Alpha Beta, and Math Club while also playing on the soccer team and running track. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA and although she isn’t quite sure where she wants to go to college, she knows she would like to stay close and major in the healthcare field.

Kelsey Spang, the new head coach, has set some great goals for the team this year, saying, “My No. 1 goal for the season is to have the girls learn to love the game of basketball. I want to instill the concept of trusting your teammates, demonstrating a family feel on and off the court, and being able to rely on one another. So far, this being my first year as a head coach has been a learning process, but all of the girls are a blessing to work with.”

Her assistant coach, Paul Sutherland, has been a huge help as well.

She had great things to say about Mara, stating that she has really stepped up and became a leader. She described Mara as, “The player who will give you the grit and guts on defense, while also being the girl you can rely on to make those extra points when you need them. As just a junior, Mara still has another year to continue training and improving her game even more.”

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Female Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Bekah Warrington ATC, PES, is an Athletic Trainer at Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.

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