Sterner eager to get on the court
These days, Northampton’s Morgan Sterner is keeping busy playing “Just Dance” on her Nintendo Wii in her spare time.
It is a complete overhaul from her typical activity.
“I’m very bored and I’d rather be playing basketball,” said the senior Konkrete Kids’ standout. “I also have been playing the violin. I have been playing a lot of video games to fill the void.”
Sterner is extremely anxious to get back on the court this winter. She wasn’t happy with the recent setback that suspended practice and games until Jan. 4.
It has been frustrating for Sterner, who is involved with basketball in some capacity throughout the year.
“I get really upset when I think about it,” she stressed. “We were working on team bonding and getting in shape.
“I know I had to do what I can to build up my cardio. I can’t wait to get back in the gym, and hopefully, we will be back.”
The Kids likely will be back into playing a week after beginning practice.
“It is a little bit good and bad,” she stated. “It will be good to start playing, but we will only have one week of practice to work on our plays.
“It definitely will be hard. This is something we have to adapt to.”
Sterner also will be faced with the prospect of achieving the 1,000-point mark for her career. However, Sterner does have her work cut out, as she will need to average nearly 20 points per game through 10 regular season contests to reach the mark.
“I never really thought about it until this year,” she said. “I know I will need a strong season, but I want to do what is best for the team.
“Coach (Jeff) Jacksits joked and told me that I’ll have to be shooting all over the floor.”
Jacksits believes Sterner’s dedication and drive can make may things happen.
“Morgan is one of the hardest working players in the program,” said Jacksits. “She has a motor that never quits.
“Her leadership, on and off the court, is done by example. She plays every game with a competitive fire second to none, but with an enthusiastically fun attitude. She always practices like it is game day.
“In her four years, I have had never to ask her for more effort. Her grit and determination have led to her and the team’s success. I’m positive she will be as successful at the next level as she is in high school.”
Sterner credits her desire to older sisters Leandra, a former DeSales’ standout, and Lauren, who is in her fifth year at King’s after a career there.
“They both are the hardest workers that I know,” said the youngest Sterner. “They showed me that you can do anything you want to if you believe in it. Both of them succeeded in sports and academics.”
Sterner recalled beginning basketball at the age of five and she joined her first AAU team in fourth grade.
“Basketball is one of the most important things to me,” said Sterner. “I have been playing basketball most of the year, and I’m used to it. I have been doing more hobbies this year because of everything going on, but that’s not usually the case.”
Next fall, Sterner will begin her next step at Chestnut Hill College, just outside Philadelphia. She explored other options, but found it the best fit.
“It just felt like home,” she said. “There was another school that was close, but this way my family can come and watch me. It was important to have my family close by.”
Sterner plans to pursue a degree in psychology, a field she decided to study after the death of her uncle Mark Sterner last December.
“Seeing how my family reacted and dealt with the situation interested me in the field,” she said. “I saw hope people cope and I wanted to help them. I want to help people and create the best situation for them in life.”
She undoubtedly will do her best to help the Konkrete Kids on the floor this season.