LAKEVILLE, IN. – After nominations from spring head coaches, and an open vote on www.lavilleathletics.com, tennis player Allison Gadcz and baseball player Reese Gallup have been selected March Athlete of the Month.
The LaVille Athletic Department and Lapaz Lions Club sponsor the monthly honor.
Gadacz plays in the varsity #3 singles position for coach Melissa Haisley.
The senior is excited to see how the season plays out.
“As an individual & as a team, I feel like tennis this year is a growing season,” said Gadacz. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot so far this year & I’m excited to see how our team does throughout the season.”
Gadacz says that it feels special to have been nominated by her coach athlete of the month and then selected to receive the honor.
Gadacz says the key to tennis is to be consistent.
“The strategies involved in tennis are to be consistent,” she said. “It’s a mental game as much as it is a physical game. I feel like some of my strengths are my backhand and cross court shots. I also feel like I have an advantage being left handed.”
In closing, Gadacz said she looks forward to seeing what LaVille Girls Tennis could do moving forward.
“I’m going to miss my team next year but I’m excited to be moving on in the fall,” said Gadacz. “I also feel like our team family has a lot of skill & potential that will be rising up in the next few years.”
Gallup says he appreciates the nomination from his baseball coach, but knows he needs to work harder.
“It means a lot to be selected by Coach Lawler for Athlete of the Month but at the same time anybody on our team could have got this nomination because you are not going to be the superstar everyday especially at baseball,” said Gallup. “Your off day could be somebodies great day. In the end this is another accolade to encourage me to work harder.
“As of right now baseball has been going good it’s hard to believe that it is my senior year already,” continued Gallup. “Although skill wise I try to lead by example, I do my best to bring energy to the team when it is needed because when we do not have energy our team plays flat and ends up making mistakes. As of now I’m trying to take a step back from my approach at the plate and not be so anxious I want to be aggressive but also have fun since it is my last year. Baseball as a team we are having fun but at the same time I can see it in our players that we are too tense and are trying to hard to meet people’s expectations. When our team rolls up to the field against a conference team we are like the Yankees everyone is out to beat us, which is understandable since we were 14-0 in conference last year. The biggest thing for us moving on in conference play is to play our game and not worry about being just as good as last year because this is a whole new year and there are a lot of games left.”
Gallup plays catcher and pitches for Lancer Baseball. He also has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career to play baseball at Indiana University at South Bend.
“I love catching which is something you don’t here from most catchers but I like being able to call the shots and lead the team out on the field,” explained Gallup. “Catching is a lot about confidence a confident catcher is a good catcher. If you are confident in your abilities then no doubt will you will be a good catcher. Also not getting down on yourself when making a mistake because very easily one pass ball can turn into another. Moving on from mistakes is what separates you from other players. I call myself a decent pitcher but not one to pitch a lot only when my team is in a jam I will usually pitch. Not very often is it heard that a catcher will pitch, but in the end I will do anything for my team in order to win.”
According to Gallup, his strengths are bringing energy to the game, good defense, and having the ability to hit the long ball.
“Although playing a team sport teaches you many life lessons like dealing with failure and how to work as a team, but also you make certain friendships that you will cherish and never will forget about,” concluded Gallup. “Being apart of this team is something that I know I will remember for the rest of my life and I am thankful to be apart of one amazing team.”