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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Seth Wilson

Marana hoops player brings leadership to volleyball squad

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Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:35 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

On Thursday, the Marana boys' volleyball team, on a three-game losing skid, came to visit an Ironwood Ridge team that was on a three-game winning streak.

The Tigers' strategy?

"Be as silly as possible," said Marana’s senior captain Seth Wilson.

Silly?

"Yell, scream, do whatever to take the pressure off," said Wilson with a smile.

The verbal hyping seemed to work well, as the Tigers went on to defeat the Nighthawks 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-23).

On the court, however, no amount of yelling could equal Wilson’s 19 kills, seven digs, three blocks and two assists.

Wilson's athletic skill is complimented by his leadership, according to "mentor coach" John Kittle, who filled in for head coach Alex Ruff on Thursday.

"Energy," said Kittle, head coach of the Tigers last season before stepping down. Wilson "really tries to rally the team."

"Tonight in our huddles, he was telling the guys, 'Keep it loud, keep it fired up, let's keep going,'" added Kittle.

Kittle believes that Wilson, who also plays basketball and has talked to Pima Community College and Yavapai College in Prescott about pursuing that sport after a church mission, is only getting better.

"Coming from last year, he's much improved," said Kittle. "He's matured, he's getting much better hits than he was, he's coming into his stride.

"He’s a hard worker," added the coach.

While church and sports provide Wilson with a lot to do, the senior also finds time to spend with teammates outside the gym.

"We go four-wheeling," said Wilson. "We're all friends, and a few of the guys have Jeeps, so it works."

"In Marana, there's unlimited options," he added with a smile.

It seems as though that statement might also apply to what the rest of the volleyball season holds for Wilson.

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Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

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Salpointe at Mountain View

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Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

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Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

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Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

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Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

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Boys Golf (all day)

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Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

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