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Hamm and Rullan Named Mount Mercy Academy's Outstanding Athlete

   Alesia Hamm and Mariah Rullan of Buffalo, both members of the Mount Mercy Academy Class of 2019 were recently named as Mount Mercy Academy’s Outstanding Athlete for 2019.  The announcement came at the Class of 2019’s Baccalaureate Mass.

    Hamm was a four year member of the soccer and basketball program and also participated in track and softball for a year.   Rullan played soccer for four years, lacrosse for two years and basketball for one year.

    Hamm was a Second Team All-Catholic selection in soccer this year.  Last year she was a First Team selection. She played defense for the Magic and was often assigned to stop the opposing team’s top forward.  “Alesia is very aggressive and isn’t afraid of winning those tough balls in the air. She has great stamina and runs hard up and down the field.” Coach Brittany Myers said. This year Hamm had seven goals and three assists.  She finished her career with seventeen goals and twelve assists. “Alesia is an overall solid player both offensively and defensively. She has an amazing shot and strong kick that has assisted us this season with corner kick goals, as well as on other goals,” Myers concluded.  She was the team’s co-MVP in 2017.

    In basketball Hamm was named a First Team All-Catholic for the second straight year.  She represented Mount Mercy on the A League All-Catholic squad. She was the team’s defensive specialist, as well as the team’s second leading scorer.  She finished with 215 points, averaging 9.0 points a game. She also averaged 5.5 rebounds per game, along with 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She is a four year member of the varsity basketball team and was the team’s Most Valuable Player the past two seasons. “On a team that prides itself on hard work, toughness and grit Alesia epitomized it perfectly! She was also a great leader this season and a joy to coach,” commented Coach John Glose.

    Rullan is two time First Team All-Catholic selection in soccer.  She finished this year with ten goals and eleven assists, for 31 points and a spot in the Top Ten in the league.  Her feat is more impressive since she played midfield. “There have been numerous games in which referees and other coaches have approached me complimenting her skills. She is a very talented player and works hard which is a great combination. She has scored every way possible this year,” Myers commented.  Rullan started all four years and finished her career with 28 goals and 25 assists. “Mariah is a strong technical player with quick footwork and great vision of the field. She had a very successful season this year,” Myers stated. She was the team’s MVP in 2018.

    In lacrosse she finished the season with 13 goals.  She had nine goals and eight assists last year.

This season she was an honorable mention pick in lacrosse.  She was a tireless and relentless member of the team, never giving up or failing to put in a full effort.

    In addition to their athletic talents, both graduates are members of the National Honor Society.  Rullan was the featured speaker at the school’s Baccalaureate Mass, an honor bestowed on the student in the class with the third highest average.

"Attending Mount Mercy Academy is one of the best decisions I could have made. Since day one they have challenged me academically, to strive and succeed. For the past two years at Mount Mercy, I received so much help from all the teachers. They are always open to help me with any questions I have. My teachers have even taken time whenever they can to help me to do well with upcoming tests and quizzes. With their help I have been on both honor rolls, and have been a scholar athlete."

Bella Longo

Class of 2019

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