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Eberhardt finishes in style

POSTED June 20, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                                                  Eberhardt finishes in style


            THOMASTON – You’ve got to admit, Maggie Eberhardt knows how to finish. None of this slipping out quietly into tomorrow. Let’s go out in style, with a bang. Leav’em one more performance to appreciate. Leave’em with something to talk about.

            Eberhardt officially became a `former’ Thursday night, walking across the stage at Thomaston High School with her diploma  and a bunch of life-long memories in tow. And if her basketball exploits were the lasting memory that would have been pretty darn good. But there was more.

            Eberhardt goes from basketball to track. From shooting to throwing. And she always comes up a winner. She throws the javelin and don’t be fooled by her 63 inches of height. Eberhardt packs a lot of power in her 5-foot-3 frame.

            For those who don’t follow track quite as closely as basketball and for those who don’t bother to read the fine print which is what form the results come in, know this. Eberhardt won the Berkshire League title and then went on to win the Class state title.

            Now that’s a pretty good finish to a high school career. But, Eberhardt is more like Mariano Rivera when it comes to being a closer. There is more. At the State Open she just missed qualifying for the New England Championships by two inches. Yep, two inches.

            Frustrating but still a lot to be proud of. This past weekend, Eberhardt competed in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the Emerging Elite Division, she placed second with a toss of 120’-11, three feet further than her career best. Three feet. That’s like averaging 10 and scoring 30 or 40.

            Now that’s a finish.

            “It’s all about technique,” said Eberhardt. “I watched Katie Martin (teammate) when I was a freshman and I picked it up quickly and I found out that I was better than a lot of others at it.”

THS track and field coach Mark Olsen says nobody should be surprised at Eberhardt’s ability to throw the spear a long way.

“Maggie understands body mechanics well,” said Olsen. “If you tell her to make an adjustment, she will. She rarely looks awkward. She’s a very strong girl. She lifts weights and does a lot of things right.”

Of course then there’s her competitive nature which her basketball teammates and opponents can tell you about. Eberhardt flashed a smile this week as she talked about wrapping up her Golden Bear career in style. It was a moment to take it all in, a brief period that allowed reflection. And it is all pretty impressive.

Most will remember Eberhardt for her basketball exploits. And why not? Three Berkshire League basketball titles and BL Tournament crowns in four years. A memorable trip to the Class S championship game this past March.

On an individual level, All-State and All-BL honors with 1,103 career points, second all-time on Thomaston’s girl’s list. A line-drive three-point shot that found the found the bottom of the net with crowd-pleasing regularity and an ability to get to the basket.

That’s the type of stuff that will produce a big fat grin for her sometime down the road if it hasn’t already.

“There’s been a lot of accomplishments,” said Eberhardt. “It was fun. I owe it all to my coaches and teammates.”

And they owe a lot to her.

While the track accomplishments put Eberhardt on another level, showing a diversity of excellence, clearly basketball has been her first love. It brought her recognition and will bring her to Post University this fall.

So when she thinks back, it is a hoop moment that sticks with her.

“Winning the league (basketball) against Nonnewaug was the greatest feeling ever,” said Eberhardt. “I was so nervous. They had the potential to beat us. We wore our pink (cancer awareness) that night. We had all our people in the crowd, Nonnewaug had all of its people. It was great.”

Remember ‘the finisher’? Just to refresh the memory, Thomaston won, 55-48, with Eberhardt scoring 24 points.

Eberhardt likes throwing the javelin. As she says, “There’s no yelling, no sprinting. You have a clear head to do what you want to do.”

She has found enjoyment in two sports and she has found success in two sports. The basketball finish was great but with one more season left there was one more opportunity. Remember `the finisher’?

So she goes out as a state champion and with a superb performance in North Carolina. That’s what you call closing up shop in style. So the high school scene is done for Maggie Eberhardt.

She finished in style as you might expect.   

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