MERIDEN — As point guard, Mia Dupuis had her hand on the wheel for the Wilcox Tech girls basketball team this winter.
She was the one who ran the plays. She was the steadying influence. She was the captain.
As coach Scott Medeiros said, “She takes on more than the point guard responsibility. Mia is the leader on the floor and the player the team leans on when things get rough.”
Happily for the Indians, they’ll have Dupuis back again next year.
Only a junior, Dupuis was All-Constitution State Conference this season, a recognition she’s also received in tennis, where she’s team captain and MVP.
Dupuis is just as dependable in the classroom. With a 101.6 average, she ranks No. 2 in the junior class. She’s received awards for Excellence in Math and Excellence in Health.
“Mia is one of the most hard-working individuals on the team,” said Medeiros. “Every season she shows improvement, which was noted by the league this year as Mia was named to the All-Conference team. Mia takes great pride in her work on and off the court, making her a tremendous asset to any team.”
It also makes Dupuis a repeat Record-Journal Scholar-Athlete. She was one of three selected at Wilcox Tech for the 2013-14 winter season. The others were as follows.
Chad Dieffenbach, rifle: A four-year veteran, Dieffenbach was the top shooter for the Indians and was named Most Valuable Player. The son of Ed and Samantha Dieffenbach averaged a 189 and was named All-Conference.
“Chad shows leadership skills and he helps with our new shooters,” said coach Scott Behling. “He has been with me four years and has been a huge asset to our team over the years.”
Dan Guodace, boys basketball: A senior forward and co-captain, Guodace was one of those ghost-in-the-machine guys who did a little bit of everything. Take him out of the equation and something is missing. Guodace averaged five points, six rebounds, one and a half steals and one assist pera game. Academically, he’s averaging 95.962.
“Dan is one of those players who do the little things that make a team successful. From diving on a loose ball, getting a hand in the passing lane, or getting a key rebound, Dan was always there,” said coach Randy Farkas. “It’s no surprise to me that he carried the same work ethic into the classroom. He was a delight to work with and coach.”
Editor’s Note: Winter scholar-athletes for Platt and Maloney will be appearing next week.