Leftridge: Whitman's Exemplary Worker
A good number of girls who participate in high school sports are quiet and reserved. Alli Leftridge is not. The well-spoken senior is just as vocal in interviews as she'll need to be on the court at Walt Whitman High School, and that attribute is one thing that WW Head Coach Danny Trebour is depending on for the 2010-11 season.
"We're depending on Alli to play that leadership role for us, since we lost our senior point guard Meghan Foehl from last year", he said. "But I think Alli's work ethic alone is a great model for the team. She works extremely hard. She'll be the first one back from water break, she works hard over the summer. You always love to have a kid like that on your team."
It's also pretty beneficial when your future leader is building on last year's 15.8 PPG and 7 RPG, two stats that can help form a pretty solid nucleus.
"What's most impressive is her field goal percentage, she shot around 50% last season", said Coach Trebour. "She's definitely improved her outside shot and she can stop and hit that pull up. She's not afraid to take the big shot, whether it falls or not."
The 5' 9" all-purpose rock of the Lady Wildcats bridged her junior and senior runs with a summer of tune-up AAU via NYC Flight, and it showed as she dished out clever assists and cashed in a few mid range jumpers at the Metro Classic tryouts at Northsport Athletic Facility. Perhaps most impressive was her table-setting and ability to stop and pop, which will be crucial at the next level.
"It can be tough to balance that", said Trebour of Leftridge's multi-faceted skill sets in conjunction with her size. "Alli is a forward for us and she likes to go to the hoop, but in college she'll have to be a guard. Fortunately she has a handle and some guard skills."
"My (AAU) coach (with NYC Flight) was Tom Catalanotto from (Archbishop) Molly HS", said Leftridge. "We went to tournaments like Penn State, Battle Of Baltimore and FDU Classic. I also did some training this summer, so hopefully it shows during the season."
Leftridge anticipates using her versatility to help guide Whitman past last season's playoff exit, despite a respectable finish in the win-loss column. "Last year, we ended the season 15 and 4", she reflected. "But we're returning everyone except for (Foehl). I think we'll be just as strong as we were last year."
Leftridge has also piqued the interest of a handful of colleges. "St. Bonaventure, Wagner, Boston University, Bucknell- they've all showed interest", said Trebour.
"I went on two official visits (thus far)", Leftridge said. "I visited St. Bonaventure and Merrimack, but I'm really looking into St. Bonaventure."
Leftridge should be able to figure that part of the equation out soon. After all, answers always come to those who work hard.