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Shoreline Patch Athlete of the Week: India Matheson

Matheson knows how to mix it up with a physical style of play

Name: India Matheson

School:

Class: Junior

Age: 17

Sports; Events: Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field

Positions: Post; Discus

Letters: 1 in volleyball, 3 in basketball, 2 in track and field entering 2011 season

Family: India lives with her parents, Craig Matheson and Brooks Baldwin. She has one sister, Helena who is twelve.

Matheson on some of the most memorable moments of her Shorecrest basketball career:

Among the most memorable moments in Matheson's three year Shorecrest basketball career, the junior cites last season's state tournament appearance, which was the first ever for the Scots.

Despite struggling early on this season, Shorecrest put together an eleven game winning streak to end the season in first place in 3A WesCo for the first time in school history in girls basketball.

An inside perspective on coach Dori Monson:

Many in the area know Dori Monson for his work in radio, both on "The Dori Monson Show" on KIRO FM and as the host for the KIRO AM coverage of Seattle Seahawks football.

But Matheson and her teammates see a different side of Monson altogether.

"Playing for is great, he really understands what hes talking about and he is very good at communicating what he needs to be done," said Matheson of her coach.

"He is very patient with us, at the same time however; he demands a high level of respect, discipline and also results."

India Matheson outside the lines:

As for what she enjoys when she is able to find time to get away from competing, Matheson said she enjoys photography and also participates in Young Life and retreats with her church.

A physical presence:

Known throughout the league as a player who is difficult to deal with because of her physical presence in the paint, Matheson prides herself on bringing an intensity to the game on both ends of the court.

"Playing with a physical edge helps out my game both offensively and defensively," said the Shorecrest junior.

Whether she is fighting for position for an offensive rebound, backing her defender into the key for a quick two or stepping in to stop a cutter from getting a clean look at the hoop, Matheson always brings that physical presence.

"On the offensive end of the court, you have to be physical if you want to be able to do anything with the ball once you get it," said Matheson.

She continued: "On the defensive end, playing physical and not allowing your player to do what they want really affects how they play and how the flow of the game goes."

Matheson on the bond between the class of 2012 and the Scots as a whole:

The Scots have seven members of the class of 2012 on their team, or as many as the other three classes currently at Shorecrest combined.

There is no doutbt that Matheson and fellow juniors Janie Uppinghouse and Brianne Lasconia especially have a special connection on the court.

"I would say that the class of 2012 definitely has a very special connection on our team seeing as many of us have played together since 6th / 7th grade," said Matheson.

She was quick to point out, however; that every member of the Scots is extremely close.

"I am very very exctied to make Shorecrest history with this group of amazing girls, they're my family!"

Post-Shorecrest plans:

As a junior, Matheson is not yet down to her short list of college and university choices.

She does know she would like to focus her study on either Physical Training or Psychology.

Matheson also said she hopes to continue her playing career, but will focus her search on a school where, "I know I can get both an interesting education and find great athletic programs".

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