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Lindbergh's Endicott a leader on the court and in the classroom


December 28, 2005 - Lindbergh High School's Meaghan Endi-cott is known by her basketball teammates and classmates as a leader.

Bill Thoele, the Flyers' head girls' basketball coach, believes the senior center's leadership both on the court and in the classroom is her most impressive asset.

"First of all, Meaghan brings leadership to the team," Thoele told the Call. "Every-thing she does is 100 percent and when she's out there on the court, she's giving it her all. It really doesn't matter if it's sports, her job or academic, she goes all out."

Endicott leads the Flyers with 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds a game this season. She also has 10 steals, nine assists and four blocked shots.

But for the past several seasons, Endicott has been somewhat out of the spotlight due to players like alumna Amy Hake, who averaged 20.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game last season.

Yet that's kind of the way Endicott likes to see life play out. She puts her hard hat on and goes to work and doesn't expect all the glory like many high school athletes do.

"I don't have any problems playing in the background," Endicott told the Call. "Amy had an awesome year and I had no problem not getting any of the press. It doesn't matter if I score or if I get any rebounds, I just want to win."

That "team player" ethic is what Thoele believes is a very rare trait among most high school athletes today.

"The thing about Meaghan is that she likes to go out and do her job," Thoele ex-plained. "She doesn't care who scores the most points or has the most rebounds as long as we win. Meaghan talks about what everybody needs to do in order to win. She's not an individual, she's a team player."

Endicott, daughter of Victoria and Bill Bub, also is outstanding in the classroom. She carries a 4.8 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale system, which ranks her first in her graduating class. She plans on attending St. Louis University, Loyola Univer-sity of Chicago or Saint John's University after graduation with a focus on criminal justice and eventually obtaining a law de-gree.

"She's the ideal student athlete," Thoele said. "Meaghan's actually ranked first in her class."

Endicott also is a member of the Nation-al Honor Society and is an active supporter and volunteer with the March of Dimes.

She also played for the Flyers' softball team this past season as a catcher/utility player. Endicott had a .267 batting average with two doubles, one triple and eight runs batted in.

She's had a lifelong interest in sports.

"I started playing when I was in the first grade when my mom threw me into four sports," Endicott recalled. "It turned out that basketball was my favorite sport."

This season the basketball Flyers are 3-5 overall with a 0-1 mark in Suburban West Conference play and have had to overcome a lot of adversity with several season-ending injuries.

"Over the summer I was really excited because we were going to be balanced with a deep bench," Endicott said. "But we had a few injuries and people have really stepped it up.

"I'm really proud of how the team has stepped up and the one thing we're doing right is that we're playing hard,'' she added.

Endicott and the Flyers are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Northwest for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Lions.

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