The Mankato Loyola girls' basketball team has seen the program improve from 0-25 two years ago to a 16-2 start to this season.
There are several upperclassmen that have helped the turnaround, but an 8th grader is putting an extra spark in the team.
She's Lindsey Theuninck and she's our KEYC Scheels All-Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.
Last year as a 7th grader, Lindsey Theuninck bypassed middle school basketball to play with the Mankato Loyola varsity team.
In her two years playing with the Crusaders, she has more than proved her skills were the reason for the promotion.
Theuninck is already commanding respect from her teammates and opponents, leading the Crusaders in steals with five per game, and second on the team in points, assists, and rebounds.
Her offensive stats come from her ability to drive to the basket, and shoot from anywhere whether a mid-range jumper or beyond the arc.
It might be the intangibles that make Lindsey a leader already.
She calms down the team and they look to her for the play they are running.
Douglas says Theuninck's maturity is far beyond her years, but everyone on the team has accepted the fact that an 8th grader is helping run the show.
And the Crusaders hope to follow her to a sub-section title at Gustavus Adolphus.
That's why she's our KEYC Scheels All-Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.