Megan Damele is somewhat of a big fish in a small pond. And now, she’s a big fish in a big pond.
Damele, a senior at Eureka, is one of of the top 10 student-athletes in Northern Nevada, as selected by a committee representing the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The 10 will be honored with a banquet at the Peppermill Resort Casino on April 25. The 10 were selected based on grades, athletic achievement, community service and essays they wrote.
Damele has earned seven varsity sports letters, in basketball and track and field.
She also maintains a 4.16 grade point average (weighted) and ranks second in her class.
Damele said participating in sports at Eureka, a Division IV school, is not even a question.
“We’re a really small town, so everyone does sports,” Damele said. “Ninety-one percent of our student body is in sports.”
After high school, Damele will continue competing in sports. She will go to the College of Idaho in the fall to compete in track, but is undecided about what she will study.
She enjoys the team aspect of basketball, but is also very fast on the track. She has posted a time of 13.04 seconds in the 100 meters and 27.1 in the 200.
Devon Casazza, a senior at Galena, also has been involved in athletics most of her life. She has eight varsity letters in softball, golf and basketball. She has a weighted GPA of 4.981 and will attend Connecticut in the fall to play softball.
She plans to study biomedical engineering and said she is interested in the medical field, but does not want to be a doctor.
“I want to make prosthetics or artificial tissue or, on the mechanical side, machines for medical advancement,” Casazza said.
She said athletics have been a big part of her youth.
“My whole family is very focused on sports. Growing up I was always involved in sports,” Casazza said.
Benton Wickersham, a senior at Elko, also said sports have been part of his life since he was a child. Now, not so small at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, he plans to walk on to the football team at Boise State in the fall, hoping to play outside linebacker. He plans to study anthropology.
“My dad is a history geek and I’m a history geek,” Wickersham said of his choice of studies.
Wickersham played football, basketball and baseball at Elko, but suffered a knee injury during the second football game last fall, missing the rest of the football season and all of basketball.
NIAA Top 10
Devon Casazza, Galena; Megan Damele, Eureka; Matt Denn, Reed; Andrew Dobrowski, Galena; Kassidy Lommori, Yerington; Lauryn Massic, Spanish Springs; Daniel Sciarani, Yerington; Tristen Thomson, Fallon; Benton Wickersham, Elko; Kaya Williams, North Tahoe