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Seniors enjoying final year with Coshocton Christian School team

| January 20, 2016

COSHOCTON – Michaella Smith is ready for the next chapter in her life, but she will always hold on to the good memories she made playing basketball on the Coshocton Christian School girls team.

“I’ll always remember the quotes from our coach because she has a lot of interesting ones,” Smith said.

The Coshocton Christian School girls’ basketball team, coached by Rachael McCreery and Amber Moore, has three seniors associated with it this year. Smith and Charity Treat are both post players on the team and Ruth-Anne Coates is their statistician.

Smith has played for three years and is glad she gave basketball a shot.

“I’ve ended up loving it,” she said. “I love my teammates and basketball teaches you how to work with people and take direction. I also love to play because it is a stress reliever.”

This is Treat’s first year playing organized basketball.

“It’s been cool and I’ve learned a lot,” she said.

Smith said the team as a whole is doing pretty good this year.

“We had a couple of rough spots, but we bounced back,” she said.

Treat agreed with her.

“We’ve been working together, practicing hard and things have been turning around,” she said.

Treat’s advice to the younger players is to remember that they get out of things what they put into them.

“I try to tell the JV players that might not get to play a lot to take the time to learn things because they will get their moment in the spot light,” she said.

Smith said she would remind the underclassmen to make the most of their time.

“Your senior year will be here before you know it,” she said. “Don’t take anything for granted.”

Coates is glad she could still be part of the team even though she couldn’t play this year because of other commitments.

“I love watching the game of basketball and that as the stat I get to keep every detail of the game,” she said. “It’s a fun team sport and I liked hanging out in the locker room because I learned a lot from the older girls when I was younger.”

McCreery is impressed with how far her seniors have come, especially Treat in the little bit of time she has spent with her.

“I’m starting her,” McCreery said. “That’s how much she has advanced. She gives it her all and said she practices an hour a day at home and that really shows. She has set quite an example for what it means to be on a team. Michaella is very gentle and that is something she has struggled with (on the court) over the years, but she has overcome it as a post player.”

She also speaks very highly of the rest of the team that the seniors are leading.

“The whole team has a great attitude,” McCreery said. “I’ve never had to pull anyone (from a game) because of their attitude and they know I would. Everywhere we go we are told how polite they are and that they show great sportsmanship.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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