LAKVILLE, IN. – After nominations from winter head coaches, and an open vote on www.lavilleathletics.com, LaVille basketball player Trynitie Cox and LaVille wrestler Levi Holderman have been selected November Athlete of the Month.
The LaVille Athletic Department and Lapaz Lions Club sponsor the monthly honor.
Cox, a junior, is a 6-foot-1 forward on the LaVille Lady Hoops squad for Coach Corey Duncan.
“This season has gone pretty good so far,” said Cox. “There are some things the team is struggling with, but we are doing good at trying to fix those things. We do have a young team, but the team works really well together.
“Personally I am doing well,” continued Cox. “There are some games I struggle with because the (opposing) team tries to stop me but most games I try my best to do what I can to help the team.”
When asked what motivates her, Cox said: “Things that motivate me to play strong each game is that when I play strong it helps the team. So knowing that if I play strong each game and help the team out that’s what motivates me to do well. Things that motivate me to play strong each practice is that if I go hard in practice I earn a starting spot or I earn the right to play a decent amount of playing time. One other thing that motivates me to play strong in each practice is helping my younger teammates, knowing that if I play hard it will help them get better and be ready to play stronger girls.”
Cox had five double-doubles in the month of November and currently leads LaVille 11.7 rebounds per game and a 8.8 scoring average.
“It means a lot to me knowing that my coach nominated me (for athlete of the month) makes me feel like I am helping the team out,” said Cox. “Being selected to receive athlete of the month also means a lot to me because it means that I stick out and that the community see’s something that I’ve done well.”
Cox leads LaVille in scoring, hitting double figures in seven games. Cox has a pair of career-high outings, scoring 16 points against South Central (Union Mills) and Washington Township.
“Scoring points just comes naturally if you shoot the ball you have a 50/50 chance of scoring,” concluded Cox. “My coaches have taught me to shoot the ball when I am open. I used to never shoot the ball, but now my coaches have helped me gain more confidence to shoot the ball and drive to the basket.”
Junior Levi Holderman wrestles in the 152-pound weight class for coach Sean Webb.
“The season is going pretty good,” said Holderman. “Our team has its ups and it’s downs but we are managing through the season. Personally this season I have learned a lot and plan to keep learning and improving through the rest of the season.”
Holderman just finished 3-2 in his five matches at the Mike Bottorff Classic, then picked up a crucial fall in the second period to help the Lancers defeat Westview, 36-24, right before Christmas vacation.
“It means a lot to be nominated for athlete of the month and to be selected to receive Athlete of the Month Honors means even that much more to me,” said Holderman of the athlete of the month recognition.
“As our team prepares for a match we really hammer down on the moves we need to work on so they are fresh in our minds when the matches comes around.”
Holderman appreciate the help and motivation from the coaches and his Lancer teammates.
“I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have in the season without the help of my couches and the rest of the teams support,” said Holderman. “I just want to say thank you to all of them.”