GRANITE CITY - Multi-sport athlete Ella Stepanek of Granite City High School continues to shine at her school on the academic side and now on the hardwoods.

Stepanek, a junior, said basketball has been a part of her life since she started at the Granite City Park District League when she was in grade school.

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She is also a standout volleyball and softball player for Granite City High School.

“Sports have been an important part of my life,” she said. “Over the years I have formed many friendships.”

She said her family has always been supportive of her.

“My family has been at every game to cheer me on and that means a lot to me,” Stepanek said.

Whiteney Sykes-Rogers and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Greg Vaughn have been big inspirations to her.

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“The time and energy my coaches have spent working with me to help me develop as a player is very much appreciated,” she said. “In return, I try to give them my best during practices and games.”

Some of her other Granite City recognitions are: Secondary Honors Program, Saturday Scholars, Rotary Student of the Month, Renaissance, Varsity Club, and Hockey Club.

Soon, Stephanek will be a middle-hitter for the Lady Warriors volleyball team. She also is a left-defender in soccer and a softball player.

Many Granite City residents are St. Louis Blues fans and she admits she is part of that group.

Stepanek said if given the opportunity, playing a sport in college is something she would consider.

“I will continue my education but have not decided on a college yet,” she said. “Science or Health Care are areas I have given some thought to but am undecided.”'s Athlete of the Month program is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the cooperation of our area high schools. This is a great accomplishment and one to be very proud of. Please join us in congratulating this young athlete. We at wish you continued success in your future!

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