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Athlete of the Week: Johnny Mistretta leads Marine City basketball to fast start

01/25/2019, 2:45pm EST
By Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald

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Marine City High School sophomore John Mistretta (right) drives the ball around St. Clair's Scott Selleck during their basketball game at St. Clair High School Dec. 5. (Photo: Brian M. Wells/Times Herald) 

Johnny Mistretta is starting to come into his own.

The Marine City junior guard is the Mariners' leading scorer. But the strides he has made on both ends of the floor are what put him in the running for Times Herald Athlete of the Week. 

Mistretta outlasted a stiff challenge from Jordan Anthony of Richmond, Sarah Wight of Port Huron Northern and John Decator of Marysville to win this week's honor.

"The great thing about him is last year he could score, but coming into this year, he dedicated himself in the weight room and made himself a complete player," Marine City coach Ron Glodich said.

"That has led to better defensive play. He can score and hit the 3-pointer. He has a very quick first step. But because he is stronger, he is able to defend much better. What's nice is the fact that in several of our games, we had three guys in double figures. They are feeding off each other the way they run the floor and share the ball."

 

Mistretta is averaging just over 15 points per game for the Mariners while leading them to a fast start. Marine City is a perfect 5-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division and an 8-2 start overall.

"We put in the work during the summer and we have been practicing really hard," Mistretta said. "We have been on a roll. Our practices are really hard. We took a hard loss last week, but we will bounce back and hopefully we will see Richmond again." 

Mistretta said he worked during the offseason on improving all aspects of his game, while also continuing to hone his shot. 

 

"I love to play basketball," he said. "It's my thing. I know I can shoot 3-pointers. That's what I do best. So I had to develop my game to be able to take guys off the dribble. It gives me a lot of confidence to get wins early on like this. Now we just have to keep it going. 

"I don't have to be the top scorer for us. I want to make my teammates better."

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at jahayes@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joseph_Hayes11. 

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