Shorewood seniors shine in sports, academics

  • Tony Dondero<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:55am


Elle MacGeorge and Devin Whittle, Shorewood High School’s Athletes of the Year, and Kelley Neubauer and Rachel Eckerlin, the school’s Scholar Athletes of the Year, showcased their talents in athletics and academics during their high school careers.

The four seniors graduate this month with plans to head to college leaving behind plenty of memories.

MacGeorge lettered 12 times in her high school career, four times each in diving, gymnastics and tennis.

“I just stay focused on one sport at a time,” MacGeorge said.

MacGeorge competed in state three times in gymnastics and also qualified for state in diving. She took third in doubles in the Western Conference South Division this spring with partner Seneca Shafer and qualified for the 4A District 1 tournament.

Whittle competed in baseball and football all four years and served as football co-captain his senior year. He made the Wesco South first team as a kick returner. He added a third sport, diving, his senior year.

Whittle, who has a 3.92 grade point average, and MacGeorge, who has a 3.95, plan to attend the University of Washington next year.

Neubauer served as a football co-captain this year, playing running back on offense and earning second-team Wesco South honors as a linebacker his senior year.

Neubauer was a four-year letter winner in swimming and competed at state the last two years. He swam on Shorewood’s 200 freestyle relay that placed fourth at state and on the T-birds’ 200 medley relay that placed sixth in state this past year.

He competed in track and field for the first time this spring and placed sixth at state in the discus.

Neubauer, who has a 3.91 GPA, plans to go to Western Washington to play football and possibly compete in track.

Eckerlin was a four-year starter at point guard for the basketball team and also starred in soccer where she was a Wesco South honorable mention selection at midfield last fall.

Eckerlin, a 4.0 student, plans to walk on to the soccer and basketball teams at Pitzer College in southern California next year.

“Sports are my way of meeting people down there and keeping me focused on what’s important,” Eckerlin said.

All four student-athletes touted the benefits of playing sports when it came to academics.

Whittle said being involved in sports helped him focus on school because he had to come home from practices or games and get right to his homework without procrastinating.

MacGeorge agreed saying, “it really manages your time. You have that two hours for sports.”

Playing sports was also a lot of fun, they said.

“Sports made high school,” Eckerlin said.

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