The Northeast Raiderettes have started out strong this year at 11-2.
One senior is a role model in the classroom and on the court, and because of her "A" average, Maria Bond is our "Athlete of the Week."
Head coach Alvin Copeland never has to worry about senior Maria Bond and her work in the classroom. She's got it covered with a 3.6 grade point average. "Like they say, it starts in the 9th grade, and what you do there sets the tone for the rest of the school years, and I've just been keeping it up," Maria said.
"I think there are a number of factors on why a kid does well in the classroom," Coach Copeland explained. "I think it starts at a young age and I think they have to have someone in their environment pushing them."
Maria has pushed past most of the other seniors in her class. She's ranked 9th out of 155 kids when it comes to her grades.
"School, basketball practice, when I'm at my home, I've got to do homework and that's basically been my life since I started the 9th grade," Maria recalled.
Maria wears contacts and sees an eye doctor pretty regularly. She hopes that the hard work over the last four years will help set her sights on the next goal. "I want to be an optometrist. I want to major in biology when I go to college," Maria said. "My coach says it's not going to be easy, but I'm up for it."
With that determined attitude, good grades, and a scoring average of 21 points a game, colleges have begun to notice Maria. "I'm undecided right now. Right now, talking to UAB and Mercer on the phone for the most part," she said.
Coach Copeland says his senior is pretty level-headed and figures that stability is what drives her success. "I would think that it does help her in the classroom, and I guess I'm like that. I never want to be too high or too low," he said. "I think life is somewhere in the middle of the road."
Northeast will play Central Saturday at 11 a.m. in a non-region game.