Character Highlights our April Athletes of the Month

April Athletes of the Month Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.
Principal John Murphy, along with Principal for the Day Melvin Cruz congratulate Walt Whitman’s April Athletes of the Month Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.

Both of our April Athletes of the Month have a couple things in common. Both are pitchers who made an impact on their team, but more importantly, both possess positive character traits that landed them on Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright’s ‘Personal Hero’ list at the recent sports awards evening. Congratulations to Taylor Epstein and Brett Maier.

For Taylor, the softball team began their season at 1-4, but they all knew they had so much more and dedicated themselves to working hard.  As the team meshed the fruits of their hard work paid off, winning 13 of their final 14 regular season games. “We got together as a team and talked about not making the little mental mistakes,” said Taylor.  “We knew if we worked hard and did all the little things right, we could make the playoffs and go far.”

Taylor calls her own game and she was spot on this season. “When I’m out there I do my best to find their weaknesses,” said the All-County Pitcher. “I just want to do all I can to help our team win.”  Taylor ended her high school career with a 15-6 pitching record that included the playoffs. She will be attending Boston University in the fall and is undecided on both her major and if she’s going to tryout for the softball team.

 

Brett Maier stayed away from pitching since he injured his arm as a sophomore, but Coach Keith Barrett knew he had what it takes and approached him early in the year, getting a positive response. April was a good month and Brett pitched about 28 innings, ending with a 1.5 earned-run-average. Brett was instrumental in the team winning more games than the prior year and keeping the program on the upswing.

“We missed the playoffs by one game so that was tough because we were playing well as a team,” said the St. John’s bound senior. As a Division 1 team, St. John’s is ranked 20th in the Nation in Baseball, so Brett is undecided if he will be making that leap. When asked about his favorite part of being at Whitman, Brett decided instantly that the diversity of personalities in his teachers that he has throughout the day makes Whitman a great place.