December 18, 2018
By: Erica Rose
A few weeks ago we were given an assignment to come up with a person we thought would make a good feature story. Well, it just so happened that night I was at Desales University for the women’s basketball game. Before the game began the team recognized Leandra Sterner for recently reaching 1,000 career points. She didn’t play in that game, but after I spoke with both her and head coach Fred Richter and I knew she was going to be my feature story. Sterner is a local student, as she attended Northampton High School. She stayed nearby, not so much because of the location, but because of her major. But let’s get to why she deserves to be featured.
As a Freshman, Sterner adjusted to the collegiate game better then anyone could have ever imagined, even surprising herself. That year she started and played extremely well in the first 6 games. And then it happened. Sterner blew out her knee. The year was shot. Sterner would need two different surgeries. Her doctors told her not to play basketball anymore. But, Sterner would not hear it. The next year she got injured again, needing a third surgery. Leaving her out for yet another season. Again, there was never any doubt in her mind that she would get back on the court. She achieved her goal, and made her full return her junior year. Not only did she make her return, she came back just as strong. She is (knock on wood) having no issues, and in her final year as a fifth year senior, she is leaving her mark on the court. Sterner is the go to player. Her knowledge of the game impresses her coach day in and day out.
To have that determination and dedication is something that has to be admired. It takes a lot of courage to do what she is doing. It would have been so easy for her to give up, but she didn’t. She loves the game so much, and she wasn’t ready to lose that. She is definitely a role model for any young athlete, and I would gladly have my daughters look up to her. Despite missing an entire semester she is still getting a degree, with hopes of one day opening her own business.
Keep an eye out for her feature, along with several other deserving athletes and coaches in the next two weeks on Sports Scene.