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M-W Seniors Honored As Special Group

MADRID - Time flies where you are having fun.

Especially when you are part of a basketball team that is flying high.

Madrid-Waddington Girls Basketball Coach Bryan Harmer expressed that thought on Monday night as he presided over a Senior Night ceremony for Anna Brady, Alexis Sullivan, Jaelynn Uppstrom and Lydia Thomas.

The four seniors have led M-W to an 11-0 NAC East Division record in a bid for a second straight perfect season with an eye toward chasing the program's fifth straight Section 10 Class C crown

"This group of girls has compiled an overall record of 53-12 over the past 3 years and have been part of two of our four consecutive Section X championships," said Coach Harmer.

"What I like most about this entire team though, is that they make it fun to be in the gym. These girls work hard every night in practice (although occasionally they need a little extra conditioning to remind them to work harder) and have a positive attitude toward everything. They have made this season seem to fly by. I want to thank all of the girls for everything they have done this season, especially the four Seniors for their contributions to the Yellowjackets Girls Basketball program.

The following are Coach Harmer's remarks on his seniors.

Anna Brady

Anna is in her 2nd year on Varsity

Anna is an extremely hard working young lady. She has spent a tremendous amount of time working on her post moves, but her greatest improvement has come in her foul shots. At the beginning of the season, every free throw was an adventure. But, by working at it every day in practice, Anna has become one of the most reliable free throw shooters on our team. Anna even made a 3-pointer the other night in Tupper Lake.

Anna’s Future Plans are to attend either SUNY Potsdam or SUNY Plattsburgh to major in Early Childhood Education

Alexis Sullivan

This is Alexis’ 3rd Year on Varsity – last season she was selected as a Second Team All Northern

Alexis has become one of the better offensive players in Section X this season. She is currently our leading scorer and is one of our team captains. This season has been sort of a break out year for Alexis as a player and as a team leader. In my opinion, she should easily be a unanimous selection as the East Division Most Valuable Player this season.

Alexis plans to attend college and she would eventually like to become a Physical Therapist

Lydia Thomas

Lydia is in her 2nd season on Varsity. She has established herself as a fierce competitor and is a very aggressive player on both ends of the court. She has been a versatile player for us as she can play both the guard and forward positions. Lydia transferred into Madrid-Waddington a couple years ago and we are sure glad she did. She has been a great addition to our student body as well as to our athletic programs.

Lydia plans to attend college, majoring in Biology

Jaelynn Uppstrom

Jaelynn is in her 3rd season on Varsity

Jaelynn has become one of the best defenders I have ever coached and she always draws the toughest defensive assignment. I don’t have enough words to describe how much I think of Jaelynn and her efforts on the court, but I will say, she has earned my respect through her drive, determination and by proving a lot of doubters wrong….. you don’t have to be big to be a good basketball player.

Jaelynn plans to attend college and major in Occupational Therapy

M-W's four seniors and their parents were honored on Monday before the final regular season home game games on Monday. From left are: Alexis Sullivan, Anna Brady, Lydia Thomas and Jaelynn Uppstrom.