A+ Athlete: Andrew Fletcher, Whitesboro
this week's A+ Athlete is Andrew Fletcher of Whitesboro High School... Andrew is a star player for the Bearcats district-champion basketball team... he's also an all-district football player as a fullback and defensive end... he's a team captain for both... and a leader on and off the court...
"I always push myself to be the best in everything I do., whether that's on the field, on the court, or in the classroom," said A+ Athlete Andrew Fletcher. "I just want to be at the top of everything, and be the best that I can be. I just don't like losing."
"He has a great drive, and desire to be successful in what he does," said Whitesboro head boys basketball coach Toby Sluder. "He's not 6'7", he's not going to run a 4.5 40. But he uses the skill set he has very well. That's just being intelligent. Not trying to do something you can't do, doing something you can develop, and be good at that."
In the classroom, Andrew carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of National Honors Society. He has been academic all-district three times in both of his sports. Andrew succeeds in everything he is a part of.
"He's smart, there's no question about that. A lot of kids are smart. But I think he has a really good work ethic, and I think he wants to do well," said Whitesboro English teacher Chuck Ladd. "Andrew doesn't want to please for the sake of pleasing someone, he wants to do his best. He demands personal excellence from himself."
"Athletics isn't always going to be there for me. School is more important than athletics," said Fletcher. "My parents have always preached to me that school comes first. I believe in that because it's going to get me where I need a life."
Outside of school, Andrew is a mentor at Hayes Primary School and mentor for youth basketball. But family is what is most important to this A+ Athlete.
"My sophomore year, I lost my aunt, she was a big part of my life. I told myself that I was going to push myself even harder for her, because she loved coming to my sporting events," said Fletcher. "She wanted me to be the best, and told me that I could do anything I wanted to. So I just push myself extra hard for her."