Athlete of the Week: Madeline Westbeld


By Sports Writers

What is the best part of competing?

The best part about competing is winning and competition never ends. There’s always a time, a score, and person you can beat to get better.

What has been your greatest accomplishment as an athlete?

Being named a Mcdonald’s All-American for sure. It has been my dream since my first years of playing basketball.

How long have you been playing and what has been the best part about it?

I started playing when I was in 2nd grade. The best part about it was the connections that you can make with so many different people worldwide. I really have met forever friends playing this sport and the memories that I have made with them will last a lifetime.

Are you planning to go to a 4-year-college after high school?

I will attend The University of Notre Dame to play basketball for Coach Muffet McGraw.

Who do you wish was watching you perform at every game?

My grandpa.

How do your teammates make practice fun?

We usually have music playing and most of them love to work hard, which is awesome because it makes it really competitive.

Who or what is pushing you to perform the way you do and be the best you can possibly be?

The people that came before me, the people that are rooting for me, the people that are rooting against me, and the people that are coming after me.

What is your favorite thing to eat or drink the night before a big game?

Pasta, a lot of veggies and fruits (mostly oranges), and A LOT of water.

Who would you say is your biggest idol or role model?

My biggest role model is my sister Kathryn and Michael Jordan.

What do you give up to play sports?

I give up a lot of things to play basketball like social events with my friends, other sports, acting like a regular girl, having weekends, sleeping in, having a relaxing summer. But, I wouldn’t trade my life for any other one in the world. I love mine.