Northeast Times

Triple threat

Three is the ma­gic num­ber for Little Flower seni­or Court­ney Weidner, who plays varsity soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse for the Sen­tinels.

There’s no place like home. 

In Court­ney Weidner’s case, that means Little Flower High School.

Of course, the May­fair res­id­ent loves her North­east Phil­adelphia home, but for four years she has spent most of her time at 1000 Ly­coming Ave. 

“I ba­sic­ally live at Little Flower. I’m here all of the time,” said Weidner, a seni­or who plays soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse for the Sen­tinels. “I’m here for hours after school every day, prac­ti­cing. I get about one week break in between sports. I love it.”

Lately, her time after school has been ded­ic­ated to life on the soc­cer field, where she has helped the Little Flower squad go 9-2-1 this sea­son. The Sen­tinels fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son in style, tak­ing out St. Hubert High School, 2-1, on Oct. 17, then down­ing Arch­bish­op Ry­an, 2-1, three days later. 

“We were sup­posedly the un­der­dogs,” she said. “Nobody really thought we would be good. But we ac­tu­ally proved them wrong.”

Little Flower fin­ished the reg­u­lar Cath­ol­ic League sea­son in third place. The Sen­tinels rode a three-game win streak dur­ing the last two weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son, earn­ing home-field ad­vant­age in post­season play. The fi­nal play­off sched­ule was still be­ing de­term­ined as the Times went to press this week. 

“They played really well today,” head coach Markos Pit­taoulis said after last week’s tri­umph over Arch­bish­op Ry­an. “I think if they play to­geth­er next week, we’ll be fine. I’m look­ing for­ward to it.” 

For Weidner, the chance at a suc­cess­ful play­off run is bit­ter­sweet. For the four-year varsity play­er, cham­pi­on­ship glory would be a dream come true, but with it comes the end of her ten­ure with the Sen­tinels’ soc­cer pro­gram. 

“It’s ex­cit­ing, but it’s also up­set­ting be­cause Little Flower is my life. It’s my second home,” she said. “Know­ing the fact that I have to leave and I won’t be back next year is up­set­ting. But know­ing that we’ve got­ten this far and we did this well is great.”

Even when the soc­cer sea­son is over, Weidner will have plenty of time to com­pete in a Sen­tinel uni­form. She’ll re­sume her guard du­ties on the bas­ket­ball court this winter, and when spring ar­rives it will be time for lacrosse.

ldquo;Soc­cer is my biggest sport. I’m go­ing to go to col­lege for soc­cer,” pre­dicted Weidner. “In soc­cer, I think this could be our year be­cause there is no team that is a power­house. We can com­pete with these teams. When we’re down, we can pick each oth­er up and still win.”

A varsity play­er in all three sports — soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and lacrosse — Weidner has earned All-Cath­ol­ic hon­ors twice for soc­cer and once for lacrosse. 

She’s also a star in the classroom. Weidner par­ti­cip­ates in Little Flower’s Dio­ces­an Schol­ar Pro­gram, which al­lows her to take classes at the col­legi­ate level. The pro­gram is de­signed to give ex­cep­tion­al stu­dents an op­por­tun­ity to par­ti­cip­ate in classes at a loc­al Cath­ol­ic col­lege or uni­versity while sim­ul­tan­eously at­tend­ing high school. 

“I only take four classes be­cause I’m a dio­ces­an schol­ar at St. Joe’s. I take four classes at Little Flower and then I go to col­lege,” ex­plained Weidner, who is study­ing psy­cho­logy at St. Joseph Uni­versity. “I’m get­ting used to it. I learned a lot, like how the work eth­ic is dif­fer­ent in col­lege. You have to teach your­self and you have to study. They don’t just give you the notes and say this is what is on the test.”

Weidner plans to ma­jor in crim­in­al justice next year. Her dream is to be a law­yer. She has ap­plied to more than a dozen col­leges but hasn’t de­cided where she’d like to go.

ldquo;I’m think­ing about St. Joe’s, but I’m also think­ing of some schools far away,” she said. “I’m ex­cited, but it’s go­ing to be so hard leav­ing Little Flower. I love the girls here. Every­one is so nice and en­thu­si­ast­ic.

“My team is my best friends. We’re as close as a fam­ily,” she con­tin­ued. “We spend so much time to­geth­er. We have just got­ten so close. It’s go­ing to be hard to leave.” ••

Ed­it­or Melissa Yerkov can be reached at my­erkov@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at myerkov@bsmphilly.com.

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