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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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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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