Athlete of the Week: Karissa Wiebalk


Alhambra High School senior Karissa Wiebalk (21) is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C Rinn of State Farm.

Wiebalk has made a triumphant return to the Bulldog lineup after an ACL tear and broken meniscus halfway through the last basketball season. She scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds  in only 18 minutes of game time in the Bulldogs’ 75-28 win over Berean Christian-Walnut Creek on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

The senior has moved to playing the wing role to accommodate her development after her injury, and drained a trio of three-pointers in the win, and her eighth game this season.

“Karissa has worked very hard to get to this point,” said her coach, Jason Bautista. “[She] is still trying to find a rhythm with her teammates on the court.”

Wiebalk knocked down some timely shots for the Bulldogs in the win, and has done a good job of finding open spots on the floor to exploit defenses in her new role on the court.

Wiebalk is the only player on the team who has been with the Bulldogs since her freshman year, and is one of only three players on the team who participated in the last Alhambra girls basketball team to make the North Coast Section playoffs.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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