Wakefield Country Day School announced its Athletes of the Month for November-December last week, the awards going to Greg Czekaj and Isabelle Eastham.
Czekaj, of Amissville, has been a major factor in the varsity boys basketball team starting the season 2-1. His three-point shooting has given the team an additional outside scoring threat. He hit five three-point baskets during a 17-point performance in the team’s opening loss to Fresta Valley and four three-pointers in a Dec. 7 win over the Front Royal Flames. He has tallied 11 three-point baskets on the season, and is the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 12 points a game.
“It’s every coach’s dream to have a player like Greg on their team, both for his ability and his intangibles,” said Czekaj’s coach, Rob Griffin. “In this, his first year with the team, I have already come to rely on Greg for his excellent ball handling, crisp passing and timely shooting. In addition, Greg’s steady, never-rattled demeanor has a calming influence on his teammates. When the game gets frantic, Greg never does.”
Czekaj also has contributed to the varsity swim team. Swim coach Brad Boelter said: “Greg demonstrates consistent effort in his desire to help the team and improve his technique. Greg is an excellent team swimmer.”
Female athlete of the month Isabelle Eastham of Flint Hill is co-captain of the varsity girls basketball team. She averaged a double/double, 18 points and 11 rebounds, in the team’s two wins to open the season. She scored 14 of 22 first-half points in a come-from-behind win over the Front Royal Flames. Her defense and rebounding led the team to shut out the Flames in the fourth quarter to complete the victory. “Without good team defense and Isabelle, we would not have come back to beat the Flames,” said coach Mike Brown said. “She scored 22 of our 33 points in the victory.”
She too has done double duty by swimming with the varsity team. Coach Boelter praised Isabelle: “She brings a high level of energy to the team and had a great start at the Delaney Athletic Conference meet Dec. 11.”