Academic All Star - Liz Wentlent

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 11, 2010 at 1:54 AM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

This week's Academic All Star spends Sunday mornings coaching second and third grade girls basketball players and says being a coach will likely be in her future.

But Greene senior Liz Wentlent has plenty more basketball to play this season.
Justin Horowitz introduces us to our latest Academic All Star.

"A lot of the times I go to the gym and work out instead of going doing what other high school kids are supposed to do."

And so it's fair to call Greene senior Liz Wentlent a gym rat.
She's been on the varsity since eighth grade and has spent her summers playing pick up games with her older brother and his friends.

"It's a lot quicker, a lot more physical playing with the guys so I've always been having to compete against better players, which really helped me in the end."
And it's helped the Trojans too.

Liz played a major part on Greene's Final Four team last season and has captained the Trojans to another division title this year.
Liz says, "I'm not really satisfied if my teammates aren't having fun during a game. That's really my main priority."

As one of eight children, family is also important to Liz.
On the court, that includes her younger sister Abby who doubles as her full-time practice partner.
"She's got quite a personality so, and she's strong and always goes at it, she never backs down."

Abby says, "Sometimes it's joking, sometimes it's like anger, but it's fun."

Outside of hoops, Liz has a 92 grade point average and dreams of making it to Broadway.

"Wherever I go, like I'll sing in the hallways in school and try and dance, like I wish I could dance really bad."

"She wanted to be the lead in the play this year, she wanted to be Glenda the Good Witch, but she didn't get it since she thinks she has a really good voice, but it's a little rough."

Lucky for Liz, she's really good at basketball and has a pretty bright future with that.

That's why she's this week's Academic All Star.
In Greene, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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