by Lisa Breslin & Greg Pfeiffer
Delone Catholic High School
Here’s a quick look at Evan Brady, whose calmness on the court and leadership on the field fire up fans and bring out the best in his teammates. Brady tasted his first win in sixth grade when he sank 24 out of 25 shots at the Knights of Columbus state free throw championship.
FAST FACTS: Coming off a solid 5-2 season at quarterback for the Squires, the junior now plays point guard for the basketball team and looks to lead them to a strong second half of the season. Since his arrival with the program, Brady has played a significant role in the success of the two squads and in the growth of Delone Catholic sports as a whole.
The McSherrystown native is currently second in scoring in the York-Adams boys basketball league at 20.4 points per game. The Squires had a 5-5 record in early February, with Brady and company combining for an average 56.4 points a game. Though his position makes him a natural facilitator of the basketball, Brady has no problem creating plays when necessary. His free-throw percentage for this season sits at 87.7 with 81 attempts, the best line for any player with as many or more tries. In addition to drawing fouls, Brady can spot-up and drain the deep ball; he is currently third in the league this year with 52 3-pointers. This ball-handling skill, combined with smart decision-making and aggressiveness on the court, make him a formidable opponent for defenses everywhere.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: “I’ve been in organized sports since the third grade. It feels good when things are going well, like all the hard work is paying off. I love how I can be a leader. When I have the ball in my hands I can create opportunities for other teammates. I can help by staying calm. I was nervous as a freshman, but after three years of varsity experience, I’m used to it so I can help others.
FAVORITE SUBJECT: Mathematics
(currently taking honors pre-calculus)
FAVORITE WAY TO RELAX:
“Go to the line and shoot for an hour.”
FROM HIS FAVORITE FAN: “It’s really fun to watch him. I don’t get wound up because he is so calm and he calms the other players. “Humble,” “smart” and “unselfish” are the best adjectives to describe him.”
– Brenda Brady (mom)
Photo supplied by Brenda Brady.
Hanover High School
Basketball, Field Hockey
Here’s a quick look Avery Martz, who shines on the court as a point guard for Hanover High School’s varsity basketball team and on the field with the field hockey team. Martz has known the thrill of shooting the buzzer-beater 2-point win and rallying teams
to a collaborative victory.
FAST FACTS: The Hanover High School standout has always showcased an aptitude for offense, having broken her own season record this past fall by tallying 35 goals and six assists with the field hockey team. Her leadership and scoring prowess helped secure a division title for the squad, which completed its campaign with a 16-3-1 record. Her performance led to a 2017 GameTime PA YAIAA All-Star selection, and she aims to ride this momentum to a spot on the Messiah College team next year.
As point guard she has the Hawkettes at 14-7 and was riding a two game win streak as of this writing. She averaged 14.2 points through the first 20 contests, putting her at fourth in overall scoring in the York-Adams Girls Basketball League. Her competitive nature and aggressive style of play will no doubt help the group as they look to finish strong down the stretch.
IN HER OWN WORDS: “I love the energy on the court. It’s fast-paced and though it is a team sport, there is a lot of room for individual strengths. I love my team; they are always positive; they don’t hang their heads. My field hockey teammates are the same – so positive.”
FAVORITE SUBJECT(S): AP Art, English and Anatomy.
“I love all three. It’s hard to choose a favorite because they are all so different. Art is probably my favorite because it gives me a chance to express myself and share talents people don’t see on the court.” Once Martz graduates, she is off to study nursing at Messiah College.
FROM A FAVORITE FAN: Martz recently took time to talk with Reagan Wildasin after Wildasin, a seventh-grade basketball star who attends Hanover Middle School and sustained a injury to her collar bone that sidelined her. Martz endured a similar injury in sixth grade.
“I appreciated her advice. She assured me it would be OK. I know it will be,” Wildasin said. “She rose up and became a great player again.
“I came to her game against Bermudian Springs. It was her best game,” Wildasin added. “She is a great leader on the team. She gets the whole team involved in the plays. [On the court] she is aggressive, and she follows through on her shots.”