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Monday, March 26, 2018

Roosevelt Island Resident Emily Engstler Named Gatorade New York Girl's High School Basketball Player Of The Year For Outstanding Athletic Excellence, Academic Achievement & Exemplary Character On And Off The Field

Roosevelt Island resident Emily Engstler is one of the top High School Basketball players in the county.

Bleacher Report introduces us to Ms Engstler and shows her shooting hoops on the Blackwell Park basketball court..

According to this September 2017 ESPN W article:
Sometimes it's morning. Sometimes it's night. When Emily Engstler looks out her window, the basketball hoops, the clean white nets, call her. She bolts out of bed and jogs to the courts across the street from her home on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, New York.

The 6-foot-2 senior at St. Francis Prep waits on the sideline, dribbling the ball between her legs before staking claim: "I got next!"

She's the only girl here, on the concrete courts that face the East River, and always has been. Back in middle school, though, no one picked her up. She hadn't earned respect yet, so she came day after day to study the way the guys hustled, the way they protected the ball....
Click here for the full ESPN W article.

Ms. Engster was named 2017-18 Gatorade New York Girl's Basketball Player of the Year. According to a March 19 Gatorade press release:
In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Emily Engstler of St. Francis Preparatory School as its 2017-18 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Engstler is the first Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from St. Francis Preparatory School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Engstler as New York’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Engstler joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners...

... The 6-foot-1 senior forward led the Terriers to a 19-9 record and the Brooklyn/Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association championship game this past season. Engstler averaged 18.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. A Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American, she has been chosen to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Engstler is ranked as the nation’s No. 11 recruit in the Class of 2018 by espnW and is a finalist for Miss New York Basketball.

A tutor in her school, Engstler has volunteered locally on behalf of Harvest for the World and youth basketball programs. “Engstler can single-handedly take over a game,” said Phree Edwards, head coach at Bishop Loughlin High. “She can score in the paint, she can put the ball on the floor, she can shoot from the outside too. She also has great vision and she can protect the rim on defense.”

Engstler has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Syracuse University beginning this fall....

... As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Emily will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year....
Click here for the full press release.

Main Street WIRE reports on Ms Engstler too.

Congrats to Roosevelt Island's Emily Engstler.