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The Drink Up Jewish Link Sportstar of the Week: Ethan Lefkovits

The Jewish Link and Drink Up would like to recognize Ethan Lefkovits as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. The rising sixth grader at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, was the leading scorer for his AAU CMEK team and his entire age group, last year. He averaged 34 points during the final four games of the season. In the championship game against a very athletic team one grade older, Ethan poured in 36 which included nine clutch 3-pointers. Coach Chad Mekles of CMEK told The Jewish Link, “As a play-making guard, he demonstrated great poise under-pressure and also made great passes (he either scored or assisted on nearly every basket). While coaching him this year, we were undefeated, 20-0, with two championships (winter and spring). Ethan backed up his incredible league play by earning the MVP of the CMEK pre-season basketball camp. For his efforts, he was awarded a signed basketball by Portland Trail Blazers guard, and former NCAA champion from Duke, Justise Winslow.”

Ethan, congrats on the championships and for being recognized as this week’s Sportstar of the Week! Who is your role model and why?

My dad because he’s my biggest fan and gives me great advice before games.

What is your favorite sport?

Basketball, because it’s a team game and I love playing with all my teammates.

What is your pregame routine?

Listening to music and stretching with my team.

What is your greatest sports accomplishment?

Helping my team win back-to-back CMEK championships.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Trey Young because he’s an amazing shooter and very clutch.

What is your weirdest sports memory?

Watching my brother drive over my Duke basketball in our garage. And it got stuck under the car.

What is your favorite sports memory?

Scoring 33 points in the first half of a tournament held right across Kushner Academy.

What is your earliest sports memory?

Playing basketball on my little tikes hoop.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports?

Hanging out with friends and playing video games.

What is the best thing about being a Sportstar?

Seeing that all my hard work and practice pays off on the court!

Please send nominees for an upcoming Drink Up Jewish Link Sportstar of the Week to [email protected].

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