Athlete of the Week: Thomas McDonald

athlete-of-the-week-thomas-mcdonaldTHOMAS McDONALD
Alhambra High School senior Thomas McDonald (21) is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C Rinn of State Farm.

McDonald was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs in both their loss to Clayton Valley on Jan. 24 ( he scored 12 points on the night) and Alhambra’s biggest win of the season on Jan. 27 against Ygnacio Valley. McDonald scored 17 points against the Warriors in the 70-31 win.

“He’s a talented player offensively and defensively,” said coach Chris Petiti. “He’s very skilled and he’s become a leader even more as the year progresses.

“He’s taken on more of a vocal leader role, and challenges his teammates to be the players they’re capable of being.”

Petiti also said of McDonald that when it comes to players who speak up at practice, he’s one of the first guys to pick up a teammate who has made a mistake.

McDonald is playing in his second year with the Bulldogs after transferring to Alhambra.

Honorable mention for the Bulldogs also goes to Jordyn Eglite, who is the only player who has been with the team since its last playoff appearance. Petiti said the senior does whatever it takes to help the team.

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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