Jan 29, 2016 1:41 PM by Ross Field
Everyone will experience various forms of adversity at some point in life, but you can overcome it with the right attitude and hard work. Our latest Subway Scholar Athlete is a good example of perseverance.
When Jenna Maturino steps on to the basketball court, she cannot help but recall all the pain she has suffered from playing the sports she loves so much.
"It actually happened the first time sophomore year against Chico, I tore my ACL completely, and then six game into my junior I re-tore half of it so now I'm playing with half an ACL and just a big brace," said Maturino.
But even with the serious injury situation weighing on her mind, Maturino's play would make you believe she doesn't have a worry in the world.
"It's definitely created a lot of challenges but the love just keeps me going and it takes me to where I am now," said Maturino.
Where she is now is nothing short of impressive. Maturino runs the point for Las Plumas, popping off three's and dropping several dimes a game. Las Plumas is 9-9 overall and 3-0 in the Butte View League and Maturino is a big reason why.
"She's averaging about 14 points-per-game, playing the whole game and without her leadership on the floor we would not be 3-0 in league," said Rachel Kavan, Las Plumas' girls basketball coach. "She is a team captain, extremely coachable, she's just a great kid."
A great kids who's numbers away from the gym are even more impressive. Maturino carries a 4.57 GPA while taking three AP courses.
"It's just kind of how my parents raised me, they always pushed me to the best that I could and to always work hard," said Maturino.
Maturino says she's uncertain what the future holds, as are several of her peers. For now this fighter is just thankful to be able to walk off the court under her power.
Las Plumas High School's Jenna Maturino is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.