Thurber selected Student-Athlete of the Month for February at WHS

Post date: May 11, 2017 11:42:30 AM

Wells High School senior Natalie Thurber has been named the school’s “Student-Athlete of the Month” for February 2017. Her selection was based on her academics, sportsmanship and role as shooting guard on the Lady Warriors Basketball Team.

“It feels really great to be honored like this,” said Thurber who credited her teammates for helping her get to this point in her high school basketball career. “I really appreciate all the help that they have given me to make it to where I am now,” said Thurber. She called the team’s coaching staff “incredible” and added, “They have helped so much throughout my four years of playing here.”

Presenting a plaque to Thurber on April 7th was Lady Warriors Coach Don Abbott and John Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency which, along with Moody Maxon Real Estate and WHS, are the sponsors of this award.

"Natalie has been a lot of fun to watch play basketball over the last few years,” commented Kreie. “She has been their ‘go to scorer’ for a couple years and was always a three-point threat for her opponent.”

“She is a fabulous shooter when she is hot,” commented Pam Moody-Maxon who added that she has enjoyed watching Natalie for years. “No one can stop her from the 3-point line.”

According to Coach Abbott, Thurber was selected for the Western Maine Conference First Team and also received the prestigious Robert E. Butler Award, awarded annually to the top senior basketball player in the Western Maine Conference. “That was quite an honor,” said Abbott who added that there were seven in the running for the award which is voted on by coaches.

Abbott also pointed out that Thurber, for the past eight years since fifth grade, has participated in “Shoot’n for a Cure” a local annual fundraising campaign to benefit cancer care at York Hospital.

Thurber says that she plans to continue her basketball career when she enters Central Maine Community College in the fall to study in the Physical Fitness Specialist program. Following completion of that program she plans to possibly study physical or occupational therapy.

From left to right, are Don Abbott, Natalie Thurber and John Kreie