10/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2021 15:59
Athletic trainers with Mercy Sports Medicine are embedded inside many St. Louis metro area high schools and get to know the athletes throughout the year. As a way of highlighting outstanding students from these schools each month, a new Mercy Sports Medicine Athlete of the Month will be recognized. Athletes are nominated by coaches and selected by a committee.
Here are the Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month for the 2021-2022 school year.
Sarah Taylor, a senior volleyball player at Clayton High School, was selected for her leadership skills on and off the court. In September, Taylor had 18 aces, 53 kills with a .348 hitting percentage and a passer rating of 2.49 out of 3.0. Along with her stats, she was recognized for the extra effort she puts in during and after practices to ensure her teammates' success, an "irreplaceable asset to our program" according to her coach. Taylor balances her volleyball responsibilities with academics earning straight As in seven advanced placement classes. She is also planning a dance marathon to benefit a local children's hospital.
Patrick Heitert, a senior football player at Christian Brothers College High School, is the team captain, starting quarterback and able to maintain a 4.2 GPA. In the first four games, he passed for 1,130 yards with seven touchdowns through the air and additionally rushed for 151 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. His coach said he's the hardest worker in the weight room and an overall great leader for the team and the school. He also serves as vice president of the school's student leadership council.
Whether you need surgery to repair your rotator cuff or physical therapy to regain range of motion, Mercy's sports medicine team can help.