Murrieta Mesa High Athletes of the Week: Feb. 12

From left: Sarah Thompson, Emilee Stallo, Tessa McCart, Praise Maduekwe, Dakota Wagner. Not pictured: Gio Sanders. Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug...

From left: Sarah Thompson, Emilee Stallo, Tessa McCart, Praise Maduekwe, Dakota Wagner. Not pictured: Gio Sanders.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon

Each week, Murrieta 24/7 honors top student-athletes at Murrieta Mesa High School. The coach of each varsity sport is allowed to select one athlete based on the previous week's performances or on potential shown by the athlete. Here are this week's honorees from Murrieta Mesa:

Wrestler Dakota Wagner finished undefeated in the Southwestern League for the second year in a row.

Tessa McCart "is a hard worker and plays a big role for us defensively," said coach Audra Woods of the girls water polo team, which finished the regular season 19-8 overall. "She never gives up and always gives 100 percent."

Girls basketball player Emilee Stallo "had a great week," said coach Kyle Rouse. "During (the Feb. 3) game vs. Great Oak, she was very sick and having a rough time breathing all game but still managed to put up a league high for her this season, 12 points, and followed it up with 6 rebounds."

Sarah Thompson represents the girls soccer team. "Sarah is very deserving of this honor for so many reasons," said her coach, Mark Vogel. "As a team leader, she is the emotional backbone of the team, and she works extremely hard during practices and is always focused for games She is coming back from a frustrating injury-plagued year, and doesn't know the word quit. On the field, her game knowledge helps the players around her as she organizes the defense and is a role model for the younger players."

Gio Sanders was selected to represent the boys basketball team, which finished its season with a 10-17 record. The junior averaged 8 points per game.

Representing the boys soccer team is senior Praise Madeukwe.

"Praise has become such a strong presence on the field since his first practice in our program," said coach Robert Bokma. "Praise is a very skilled and strong player. He has one of the strongest shots on the squad and we have seen some amazing shots from him. He has worked extremely hard over the years within the Mesa program as well as in his other soccer club programs. One of the best things about Praise is his attitude. He is very smart and very funny on and off the field. He is quick witted and his smile makes everyone else smile."

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