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Stamford, CT | Added on April 03, 2014 At 05:33 PM

When you do something you love, it becomes rewarding and even humbling when you're recognized for it.

"I like to be active and play sports.  Makes me feel good.  It's fun," said Steph Roones, a three-sport athlete at Westhill High School.  

Westhill senior Stephanie Roones has played basketball all four years, starting varsity as a freshman.

"She's a great teammate and player.  She's just a tremendous athlete," said Mike King, head coach of the girls basketball team and athletic director at Westhill.  

This week, the Westhill Girls Basketball team was presented an award by the Fairfield County Board of Approved Basketball Officials for sportsmanship.  

"It kind of shows that they notice what's going on here and they respect that and that's fantastic," said King.

"I think everyone was pleased that we got that award," said Roones.

She's led the team as captain this year.

"Throughout the course of the game a lot of kids are looking for her, to her, for direction and leadership and there's no doubt she gave that to them," said King.  

Roones is also volleyball captain, and throws javelin for track and field.  Next year, she'll attend Monmouth University on a track and field scholarship.

"She'll be missed, I'll tell you that.  As a coach, you get spoiled by being around athletes of her caliber."

"It's good to move on to college, but it's kind of sad to leave my teammates, coaches and the school itself," said Roones.

"The kids next year have some big shoes to fill," said King.  

But she'll leave the Westhill court with the accomplishment of reaching the state semi-finals.

"It kills us that we could have won it all in two more games," said Roones, "But it was the best season I've had."

Roones was one of six students to also receive a scholarship from the Fairfield County board (IAABO).  One was also given to Stamford High senior, Jack Rakoczy.


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