Its boring to go into the gym
Its boring to go into the gym, do dribbling drills, shoot and have to get your own rebound just so you can go get another shot up. Nobody's in the
crowd to cheer you on, nor to motivate you, it's just simply a will that you have inside that makes you find some kind of enjoyment out of putting
in countless hours hard work in now, in effort to achieve a greatness later, that's not even guaranteed! That's a special kind of dedication. That
dedication and results on the court is why Claymont's Bailey Eddleman is this weeks athlete of the week.
Bailey is an eighth grade student-athlete at Claymont middle school. "The rush you get from running, the fast pace of the game, and the thrill of putting the ball in the basket," is how Bailey responded to what initially attracted her to the sport of basketball.
The middle school Mustang standout has been playing basketball since the age of four and puts in 15 to 20 hours a week in the gym. Bailey has three main hobbies: Playing in basketball games, practicing for basketball games, and watching basketball, more then enough evidence to let you know basketball runs through her veins. She averaged about 13 points and had a season high of 17 in the 2018-19 campaign. Her middle school high is an impressive 30 point explosion in a 7th grade game.
Really good numbers, but what truly stood out is the way those who have worked with her raved about her work ethic, then getting witness it on tape myself. No praise comes from sweating in the gym during individual workouts, yet it's necessary to excel. Most marvel over hall-of-fame pro athletes and their physical attributes and abilities they were blessed with, but what most don't know is their work ethic is unparalleled.
Bailey also takes care of her business in the classroom. She is an honor roll student and has dreams of going to college, not only to play basketball, but to major in special ed and become a teacher.
Despite her impressive individual skill she is a complete team player and views her team as her extended family, and when asked if she had a favorite player or players she looked up to, without hesitation responded her Claymont teammates. Eddleman also unselfishly stated her favorite thing to do on the court is to make the right basketball play, which is rare especially for young players. A really good player, but even better person!!!
LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP:
Congratulations to the New Philadelphia boys and girls (D-2) Hiland boys (D-4) and girls (D-3), and the Garaway boys (D-2) for earning number one seeds in their respective districts.
KIC SPORTS RANT OF THE WEEK:
Matt Kuchar won a golf tournament this past week earning 1.29 million. He tipped his caddy $5,000. It was made a big deal because it was significantly less than the 10% that caddies usually get from a players earnings. Kuchar stiffed him, I get it, but people were so outraged they started a GoFundMe account for him forgetting that the caddie only worked about 25 hours over a four-day span and made $5,000. Thats good money! Cody Parkey missed a field goal for the Bears, got cut immediately and someone set up a GoFundMe account to send him money because he was cut, forgetting that he made 5.5 million dollars that year. My point to this and the humor is, it's funny how people will know someone going through hard times in their own community and turn the other way, however will then send someone who's already prominent, cash just because they're famous.