Athlete of the Week: Blaire Thomas - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Athlete of the Week: Blaire Thomas

Posted:
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Junior Blaire Thomas and the West High girls have just one major goal for the end of the season --

State Championship

And that's a big deal since the Wahawks next girls state basketball title -- would be the first in school history -- but with Thomas leading the way -- head coach Dr Tony Pappas believes his team has a shot:

Dr. Tony Pappas said: "She's got to be consistent night in and night out, and just be a good leader on the floor, and if she can do that, we've got some other very good players, if they can all do that we feel like we've got a legitimate shot to compete for a state championship"

Thomas -- who's shooting 52 percent from the floor this season -- leads a talented group -- Haley Puk is class 5A's top 3 point shooter -- while Sammie Sproul is number one in assists -- and

Thomas says there's a couple things they need from everyone to reach their goal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¶Blaire Blair said, "Hard work and dedication from everyone, not just the starting 5, and not just the 6th man, but everyone on the team."

As a junior -- Blaire Thomas will have a couple chances to reach the number spot -- after that -- her journey will take to Ames and the floor of Hilton Coliseum -- where Coach Pappas expects her to thrive --

Pappas said "She plays hard, she's very explosive, she's very athletic, and that's what Iowa State really liked about her, her athleticism. That's what makes her special. In their words, they feel she's a Big 12 type of athlete."

But that's the future -- and Thomas says she has some business to take care of at West first.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network

    Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:58:10 GMT
    CBS Sports Network will air an all-women sports show starting next month.More >>
    By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer CBS officials talked about an all-women sports show for more than a year, and now they're set to make television history.More >>
  • Hawks expect another battle with UNI

    Hawks expect another battle with UNI

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:53:13 GMT
    Five years ago, it took a pair of blocked field goals for the Hawkeyes to escape the Panthers. Two years ago in another competitive game Iowa needed 3 Mark Weisman touchdowns to pull out an 11 point win. Now with the Panthers at full strength Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows his team's in for another battle. “When these guys are healthy and ready to go, they're going to be a challenging opponent,” said Ferentz, “and we'd better be at our best, I know that.” The Hawkeyes expect some big things as...More >>
    Five years ago, it took a pair of blocked field goals for the Hawkeyes to escape the Panthers. Two years ago in another competitive game Iowa needed 3 Mark Weisman touchdowns to pull out an 11 point win. Now with the Panthers at full strength Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows his team's in for another battle. “When these guys are healthy and ready to go, they're going to be a challenging opponent,” said Ferentz, “and we'd better be at our best, I know that.” The Hawkeyes expect some big things as...More >>
  • Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

    Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:43 GMT
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday in its final exhibition game before the FIBA...More >>
    Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.