By Mike Partee
The athlete of the week is more than just someone that excels in a sport. While athleticism is a part of the picture, academics and humanitarianism also have roles.
Coach Greg Sheley was quick to nominate sophomore guard Sarah Brolsma Whitfield as athlete of the week because of her efforts on and off the court. "Sarah brings amazing energy to the game and we are lucky to have her," he said.
Brolsma Whitfield is undeclared in her major, but plans on transferring to a four-year school and continuing her record-breaking basketball career. "I grew up playing sports and my dad really supported me in basketball," Brolsma Whitfield said. "I really hope to play internationally."
Brolsma Whitfield recently took on a more active campus role as part of the Student Athlete Leadership Council. The council is a new idea brought out by Sheley this school year to encourage athletes to be more active in the community.
"We raised over $400 this year for sleeping bags for the homeless and many of us served meals at the Whiteaker dinner," Brolsma Whitfield said. "It felt good to be able to help."
Brolsma Whitfield will graduate from LCC a term early this year and move on to a four-year school. She leaves behind many records in the '08-'09 season including 208 rebounds, 26 blocks, an 81 percent free throw average, 58 three point field goals made, and 154 three point field goals attempted.
LCC's record so far this season doesn't deny the possibility of another title. With 12-1, the Titans lead the South division of the Northwestern Athletic Association of Community Colleges in a race to the final four. "I want to leave Lane with another NWAACC Championship title," Brolsma Whitfield said. "And, since I want it, I am going to make it happen."