Brigade confident in ‘Battle’

From L-R: Melaina Fischer, Solomon Alexander and Kendall Battle

Westgate Christian and Holy Spirit went head-to-head in CYC 5th grade girls basketball on Friday night and the Sportsmanship Brigade was on-hand. Melaina Fischer of Westgate was the Brigade’s first award-winner as she was her team’s vocal leader on the floor and on the bench. Melaina could also be seen clapping for teammates as they came to the bench during timeouts and giving them pats on the back while on the floor. She embodies the encouraging, yet humble attitude every coach wants in a player. Melaina is an outstanding young lady and certainly worthy of this week’s honor.

Athletes sometimes have names tailor-made for their personalities. Kendall Battle of Holy Spirit definitely lived up to her name. Her team only fielded six players, so the young guard was called upon to play heavy minutes – and play she did. Don’t let her small frame fool you. She literally chased every loose ball to the floor and was the first one on her team to get back on defense on every single play. Even as Westgate took a commanding lead, you couldn’t tell by looking at Kendall. Teams need vocal leaders as well as those who yell with their actions. The Brigade heard Ms. Battle loud and clear.

The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents and fans who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol

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