Newfield girls basketball’s Katie Moravec reached a big milestone on Dec. 10. As a junior, she has accumulated 1,000 points in her varsity basketball career since joining the team in eighth grade. She won the IAC MVP as a sophomore, and achieving these accomplishments early in her career has her creating bigger goals for her final season next year.
The 1,000-point milestone was not on her radar, though. Head coach Brandon Steinorth ensured that the team was totally unaware, and that the fans were all ready to celebrate the accomplishment.
“I didn’t know and I wasn’t really thinking about it,” Moravec said. “My coach knew, and he told the fans and everything before the game. They had a bunch of posters and balloons and things made for me. He set up a play, and I made a three, and I only had three left to get to 1,000 at that point. Everyone stopped and cheered, and I got hugs from family.”
Moravec expressed her gratitude towards the fans for making the moment that much more special. Fan support is very strong in Newfield, and Moravec discussed what playing in front of the Trojans faithful is like.
“It just makes playing basketball easier,” Moravec said. “You know that every single thing you do, you’re going to be supported and you have the fans to keep pushing you. They cheer you on. It hypes up the energy. It’s really special.”
Moravec’s motivation to succeed comes from many different areas. The most direct source is her teammate and twin sister Kelly Moravec.
“We always do things together,” Katie said. “We practice together, we work out together, and we both give each other advice and push each other to be the best we can. She makes me more competitive. Playing with her makes me more competitive, and I’m a better player because of her.”
Their older brother, Greg Moravec, was also a standout basketball player at Newfield before his graduation in 2018. In fact, Katie credits him with being the reason she picked up a basketball in the first place.
“It really pushed me to set those same goals for myself,” Katie said. “He’s a great basketball player, so everytime that I would see him do something, I’d want to do the same thing and try to replicate what he has done.”
While following Greg’s footsteps through the youth programs, everything started to click for Katie when she reached the modified level. That was when she realized she could be a special player.
“It was when people around me started telling me I could be the person I want to be,” Katie said. “I would get a bunch of compliments and a bunch of people telling me that I am good. It just helped me to try and push myself to be the player they said I was.”
Moravec has been a standout player for a team that has yet to lose this season, as they’ve started 6-0. Not only are they winning, but they are dominating, averaging 59 points per game while only allowing 42. After falling in last season’s Section IV semifinals to state runner-up Watkins Glen, it’s all coming together for the Trojans.
“We’ve been playing together since we were younger, and we just know each other and have chemistry together,” Moravec said. “We all have the same goals to play together as a team, stay focused and try to win. I think that really helps us.”
Even after having an MVP season, Moravec worked incredibly hard in the offseason to continue improving as a player.
“[Kelly and I] would wake up at 6:00, go to the weight room, then go to work at the summer camp,” Katie said. “A lot of times, we’d play basketball after that. We’d do that every day of the week.”
The girls basketball team is part of what’s been a very successful athletic year for Newfield. The boys soccer team won a playoff game for the first time ever, the football team reached the Section IV finals, and the boys basketball team has started the season with a 6-1 record.
“I really enjoy not only seeing basketball players excel but all the sports trying to be their best,” Moravec said. “It motivates everyone to try to win and be great at what they’re doing.”
Coming off a big 52-36 win over the previously undefeated Odessa-Montour Indians, the Trojans will get to enjoy the holidays with their families before getting right back to it on Thursday, Dec. 26. They’ll be traveling to Watkins Glen to take part in a two-day, four-team tournament featuring Homer, Clyde Savannah, and the hosting Watkins Glen Senecas.
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