2001-12-29 / Front Page

Belle Harbor Resident ‘Rookie Of The Week’

By Elio Velez

Belle Harbor Resident
"Rookie Of The Week"
By Elio Velez












For her tough play, rebounding and scoring punch, Droesch was named this week as the Big East Rookie Player of the Week. For her tough play, rebounding and scoring punch, Droesch was named this week as the Big East Rookie Player of the Week.

The Boston College womenâ019s basketball season is well underway and Belle Harbor Freshman Clare Droesch has made an immediate impact for her team, coming off the bench to assist the Eagles in a fast 7 wins against 2 losses in this young season.

For her tough play, rebounding and scoring punch, Droesch was named this week as the Big East Rookie Player of the Week.

Droesch arrived at BC after an outstanding and honor filled career at Christ the King High School in Queens.

At Christ the King, Droesch, a 5-11 Guard/Forward, was an outstanding player for the CTK Royals womenâ019s team. In the 2000-2001 season, she was named New York City Player of the Year, named first team Parade All-American and a third team choice by USA Today. Droesch was regarded for her all around skills and it was evident in her averaging 20.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game. She was a member of the team that was ranked as high as third in the nation. CTK finished the year at 27-2 and won the CHSAA Class A 2001 State title. In her 4-year career, she helped the Royals win three straight New York state championships and four straight New York City championships.

Droesch was also a star of the softball diamond as she earned all borough first team honors as a sophomore and junior. She was also an honors student. After scoring 1,830 points in her career and CTK going 106-10 in her four years, Droesch moved on. She enrolled in Boston College and joined the tough Big East conference.

In the first 9 games of the BC season, the Eagles have a record of 7-2 and come off a win against close rivals Northeastern. In a 72-59 win, Droesch came off the bench to spark the Eagles. Boston College went into the contest already missing two starters in Senior forward Becky Gottstein and Sophomore center Maureen Leahy. They were both out with foot injuries. Droesch played 29 minutes and helped spark a 19-6 second half run to extend the lead for the Eagles to 57-36 with 11:21 left to play.

Droesch finished the game with a game high of 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting, which included two three pointers. She also had 5 rebounds and dished out a game high 8 assists. Her passing drew raves from Boston College Head Coach Cathy Inglese. ''She just comes out and plays hard, and I'm glad people got to see her passing skills,'' said Coach Inglese. ''She's not just a shooter."

In the season, she is averaging 30 minutes a game, third in team scoring with 11 points a game and is shooting 41% from the three-point stripe. As the season progresses, Droesch could find herself gaining more playing time, especially when BC starts their Big East Conference schedule against St. Johnâ019s on January 2nd.


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