A+ Athlete: Casey Monk, Whitesboro

This week's A+ Athlete is Casey Monk of Whitesboro High School.

Casey is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. She led Whitesboro to a district title in 2018.

She was named district defensive player of the year as a Sophomore, and being 6-foot-4 with a good jump shot, she dominated just about anywhere on floor.

"It always came naturally, obviously with the height," said A+ Athlete Casey Monk, "It's just fun, I like the intensity of it, and I like the physical aspect of it too."

"She's a hard worker, she takes care of her business, she doesn't mess around. She gets in here and goes to work," said Whitesboro girls basketball coach Brian Shelby. "That's really all I can ask for. She plays hard, and takes care of the classroom. That's what we want all of our students to be like."

Casey is just as automatic in the class room as she is from 15 feet. She's involved in F.C.C.L.A.

She's on the A honor roll, and she went a perfect 4-for-4 making the Academic All-District team in basketball, knowing it was school that came first, no matter what.

"Just make sure to put school first before athletics. The rest will come when you get the school work done," said Monk. "Just because you don't want to do it, doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. So, I just make myself do, push through it, and in the end it's worth it."

"She is the kind of lady that you want representing this town. She's hard working, she's honest," said Whitesboro science teacher James Garner. "She's got great integrity. She loves what she does, and that's what makes her special."

Off the court, Casey competes in F.F.A. and volunteers at the Special Olympics.

After graduation Casey will continue her basketball career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.