Stec family leaves lasting impression on Caz sports

Here's a question for Cazenovia sports fans. What is over 24 feet tall, has four heads and more interests and activities than several Renaissance men? Answer: How about those Stec siblings, Ashley, Keith, April and Heather?

Over the winter break I sat down at Common Grounds with the four student-athletes and enjoyed an hour of conversation with these engaging young people.

The youngest

Ashley, the youngest Stec, is a junior forward on the girls varsity basketball team, the reigning Section III, class B champions. She is a scoring and rebounding machine for the very talented, but short on numbers, Laker team. They are currently 7 and 3 and fresh off victories over Hannibal and league leading Westhill. Ashley, supposedly only 5'-11" has only an inch or less to grow before she joins her brother and sisters in the 6-foot club.

Ashley says she enjoys school and lists her chemistry teacher, Mr. Kelly, as her favorite teacher. Her favorite coach so far is Mr. Fontana, her 7th grade basketball coach. She also has played some soccer and track, as well as lacrosse. To fill in her spare time she works at the Key and volunteers as a CYAA basketball coach. College plans are in the beginning stages, as she is "planning to plan" some college visits. I did hear a Big Ten school and a Catholic institution in the Big Apple mentioned.

The only son

Keith Stec, a 2008 graduate of Cazenovia High School, is the only male member of the group. Keith quietly made his mark playing soccer, basketball, track and baseball. Watching him play hoops when he was at Cazenovia, he had a pretty good 3-point shot and was an efficient rebounder. He lists his favorite coach over the years as Mr. Reynolds.

Keith knew early on where his future interests lay. He credits Mrs. New, his business teacher, with helping him choose a path in that direction. After completing his first year at Siena College, he transferred to Cornell University where he's majoring in Applied Economics and Management Finance and Accounting. Already he has put his academic interests into practice, working at the Key, and designing its website, as well as that of Shephards Links, the local miniature golf course. He is looking forward to a future in the business world, and he looks back positively at his high school years, citing "good teachers, who were there for you when you needed them."

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