The Jewish Link and The Humble Toast would like to recognize David Schwalbe as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. The fourth grader at The Moriah School was a key contributor on the CMEK 4 team that shocked the top two seeds en route to the fall league championship. David led the team in scoring and assists in both playoff games. In the championship game, they were down by six points, seconds before halftime, when David drilled a half-court shot to cut the deficit in half. David rode that momentum through the second half, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot to lead CMEK 4 to victory. When asked about Schwalbe, Coach Chad Mekles told The Jewish Link, “David can create his own shot and score from anywhere on the court. That said, what makes him such a special player is his ability and willingness to make everyone around him better. His decision making is just remarkable; e often draws double teams and sets up others for good scoring opportunities. He leads by example, positivity and encouraging his teammates.”
David, congrats on the championship and on being recognized as this week’s Sportstar of the Week! Who is your role model and why?
My mom and dad are my role models because they’re always very encouraging, kind and helpful.
What is your favorite sport?
Basketball. Because I love to play and watch basketball, especially the clutch moments.
What is your pregame routine?
I love getting a pep talk from my dad before a game because he helps get me in the right mindset by encouraging me to have fun and just play my best.
What is your greatest sports accomplishment?
My greatest sports accomplishment was winning the championship game a few weeks ago because we were the underdogs and not expected to win.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
My favorite athlete is Lebron James because he can literally do everything on the court.
What is your earliest sports memory?
My earliest memory is when I was 4 years old and made my first shot in a 10 foot hoop.
What is your weirdest sports memory?
My weirdest memory is when I hit a half court shot but fell to the ground afterwards and didn’t know I got it in until all my teammates jumped on top of me.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports?
I love going to shul with my Dad on Shabbat.
What is your favorite sports memory?
My favorite memory is winning the championship.
What is the best thing about being a Sportstar?
My favorite thing about being a sportstar is that I can be a good role model to younger kids.
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By Jewish Link Sports Desk