When Kelly Koshuta made the trip to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete for a spot on the U-16 USA Women’s National Team from May 23-27 she had only been cleared to return to the court two months prior. Ten months had passed since the Madison forward had torn her ACL, but the day remains branded in her memory — July 22, 2012.
She performed well at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and advanced to the final 20 from a pool of 200 of the best girls in the country in her age group. She didn’t make the 12-player, roster but the fact that she made it that far fresh off ACL surgery was an accomplishment in itself.
But Koshuta says she isn’t at 100 percent just yet, so her numbers could increase if the Warhawks make another postseason run after advancing to the AAA Nothern Region quarterfinals last season.
“This whole experience was nerve-racking just waiting to play,” Koshuta said. “But I had a great recovery and rehab so I didn’t think twice about it once I was back out there.”
The injury hasn’t deterred college coaches from their pursuit of the 6-foot-2 standout forward as she collected 20 offers with just one full season on her resumé.
Recently, she trimmed her list down to 10 schools: Virginia Tech, James Madison, Georgetown, Boston College, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Clemson, Duquesne and George Mason.
Koshuta won’t make a decision on a college until after the season and could wait as late as the summer. She plans to major in kinesiology after gaining an interest in physical therapy while learning the nuances of the knee in her rehab with Sam Kang at Bodies in Motion in Fairfax.
“The biggest thing is I want to go where I feel most comfortable. I visited the schools and I’m talking to coaches on a daily basis,” Koshuta said. “I’ve built great relationships with them.”
For now Koshuta is focused on getting her team over .500 for the first time this season. Madison was supposed to get its first shot to have a winning record Tuesday. But due to inclement weather, they will play their first game in nearly a week tonight against Conference 6 foe Fairfax.
Koshuta has consistently poured in buckets for the Warhawks this winter, and she’s scored 30 or more points three times this season.
“I wanted to be the best this year and the guards are really good at getting me the ball,” she said. “I love the offense.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 99
The number of points Koshuta scored over a three-game stretch in mid-December for Madison. In a six-day stretch, she poured in 33, 30 and a career-high 36 Dec. 17 against Marshall. Her 36-point performance is the second-highest single-game scoring total by an area girl this season.
–Three seniors from Prince George’s County have put the small Maret School on the map for boys’ basketball while bolstering their own academic prowess.
–The “co-op” D.C. Stars hockey team of the Maryland Student Hockey League finds chemistry with several players that attend nine different schools in the District but live in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
–McNamara senior wrestler Alfred Bannister is just five wins away from 250 career wins, which would break the state of Maryland’s career wins record.
–Elizabeth Seton senior triple jumper Javonne Antoine orally committed to N.C. State after considering Central Florida and Michigan State.
–West Springfield senior guard Amy Berglund knocked down her first 13 shots en route to a career-high 30 points.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Maret seniors Jalen Barnes, Steffen Davis and Drake Goddard left Prince George’s County to help build a program from the ground up at Maret, and learned a great deal as a result.
St. John’s junior Amari Carter has a larger scoring and leadership role this season for the re-loaded defending WCAC champs.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
After most area schools received two snow days due to the inclement weather it looks like we will have games again tonight.
The marquee boys’ matchup features No. 6 DeMatha traveling to No. 3 St. John’s in WCAC action at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to get their early to get a seat.