CANES ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT RECOGNIZES ATHLETES FROM THREE SPORTS

Jhe Upper Keys Weekly is proud to partner with the Coral Shores Athletic Department to highlight this week’s “Canes Sports Standouts.” Recipients are chosen based on their qualifications for academic excellence, academic achievement, and community involvement. We thank our future leaders and the CSHS Athletic Department for allowing us to share a little “Hurricane Pride”.

EMMA KOST

After finishing his cheerleading and soccer seasons as a senior, the tri-sport athlete is entering his final year as captain of the tennis team. Kost says football has been her favorite place since she was 4 years old. “It’s always been a big part of my life,” she said. “I like being part of a team.” She received the “Coach’s Award” in cheerleading and “Best Defender” during her first year in soccer. This year, Kost was named “Offensive Player of the Year”. His favorite memory was a throwback in the final minutes of the district championship football game of his freshman year. Kost said his sports experiences taught him not only to be a team player, but also to be a leader without being overly controlling.

ALI WOLTANKSI

After completing his senior year in cross country and weightlifting, Woltanski is entering his final season as a member of the varsity track team. She said her favorite sport is cross country because of the team dynamic. “In fact, I’ve met almost all of my best friends through sports,” she said. “I plan to continue running long distances for as long as we stay in touch, which will definitely be forever.” Woltanski is entering her senior year as captain of the cross country, weightlifting and track and field teams. As a junior, Woltanski qualified for cross-country regionals. She also won districts, placed fourth in regionals and 16th in states in weightlifting this year. His most memorable moment is hitting 125 pounds in the clean and jerk at weightlifting regionals. “I never thought in my life that I would be able to lift that much or go to the United States for any sport,” she said.

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