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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Sam Wood
School: Charleston Catholic High School
Primary Sport: Basketball

Sam Wood had a great tournament averaging 14.7 points a game in getting Catholic to the title game in Class A. They just came up a little short against Wheeling Central.

"It was a great opportunity," he said. "It's been our goal since June. We reached our goal but down the stretch we didn't really execute the way we needed to."

Still, it was a season to remember.

"From last year we were state runner-up again, but we had a lot of core players coming back and we just built off that in this season," he said.

Wood feels he took his game to another level this season.

"I feel like I just stepped up in my role as the season went on. Coach was always talking to me about being a leader and being the one guy. That's whay I kind of did as the season went on when the team needed me."

He feels blessed to be in the Catholic program.

"I'ts a tremendous program," he said, "and I have the greatest respect playing for Coach McClanahan. Everything he does in this program is designed to getting here. I really enjoy playing for him."

Bill McClanahan feels equally fortunate to have Wood.

"Sam Wood is a warrior. He will give you everything he's got and that young man has just gotten better and better every day. Athletically he's strong and he's talented. He's also got the heart of a lion."

Wood is also an outstanding baseball player and he takes things serious in the classroom.

"It's going pretty good," he said. "I've got a 3.9 [GPA] this semester and I've got a 3.7 overall."

He looks forward to helping the Irish return to the Civic Center Coliseum next season. In fact, he's glad his days at Catholic are far from over.

"It's been a great experience. I love my school and love everybody I go to school with. I have great teachers, great staff and everything. I'm really glad I go here."

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