Nutley Female Athlete of the Month

Courtney Wilde Senior
NHS Basketball

“Extremely consistent player on both ends of the floor, awesome teammate with a great personality and sense of humor. Younger girls love being around her. She has been a pleasure to coach these past four years. It’s athletes like Courtney that have kept me coaching these past 21 years at Nutley HS. Whatever the score might be, Courtney plays with the same mindset and intensity. And she makes me laugh when I need it most! It’s not easy scoring 1,000 points in Essex County with so many great teams. She started a little slow, shooting-wise this year, but these past eight games she has really picked it up. To be only the sixth female at NHS to score 1,000 points and is going Rutgers to play softball is truly amazing. We are going to miss the heck out of her next year!
Coach Larry Mitschow

You scored your 1,000th career point this year. How’s that feel?
I feel so grateful and accomplished after scoring my 1,000th point. This has been a goal of mine for a while and I am so happy I could do it with the same group of girls I have been playing with my entire life. Even though softball is my main sport, I am very proud of myself
for making my mark here at Nutley for basketball.

What will you miss about playing basketball for Nutley High?
I will miss the relationships and friendships I have made with the girls and the coaches. Again, I have been playing with the same group of girls for around 10 years. I will definitely miss them.

Who are your role models? Your favorite athletes?
My role models are definitely my parents because they bring out the best in me. They help me in every aspect of life and sports, both of them were athletes as well. One of my favorite athletes was one of my teammates, Blair Watson. She was very humble and always focused on her dream of playing in college.

You play in the tough American Division. What’s it take to win those games?
Even though we are in a difficult division we always hang around in every game. Hustle is everything, and as long as you’re playing hard that’s all our coaches can ask for. Whoever out-works each other wins the game.

What advice would you give a beginning basketball player?
Practice every day and always put in the extra work. There will alway be someone trying to out-work you.

During a game, what goes through your mind? What’s your focus?
My focus is scoring and seeing the whole court to see who is open on my team. I also focus on hustling, getting up and down the court.

Do you have favorite subject in school?
I really enjoy journalism, this is my first year taking the class and I could see myself doing it in the future.

You’re also a pitcher for the NHS softball team. How do you transition from basketball to softball?
The transition definitely is not the easiest, but I am very close with my pitching coach and we always work it out. After basketball season you have a week until softball which is not that much time. I try to hit three times a week and pitch once a week during
basketball season.