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Athlete of the week: Lexington's Katie DeZego

Lexington's Katie DeZego. (Photo by Mike Duprez/The Dispatch)

Temperatures have been 10-15 degrees below normal the past couple of weeks, but that hasn’t prevented the start of spring sports.

Despite the cold weather, Lexington senior Katie DeZego has been en fuego.

After opening the season with a loss to Bishop McGuinness, the Jackets defeated Atkins and Parkland last week. Of the 17 goals Lexington scored, 10 came off DeZego’s foot.

Lexington beat South Rowan 2-0 Monday night at home, running its record to 3-1 on the young season. DeZego is thrilled to be enjoying this kind of success, and she attributes her hot start, at least in part, to some special training she experienced before the start of the prep season. “Well, I just recently took a trip to Vegas with a team I was invited to, and we played against a bunch of international teams,” DeZego explained. “That was really fun.

“Of course, I play year-round so I play on a club team. Other than that, I always run at the Y and always try to stay in shape.”

While beating up on Atkins and Parkland didn’t require the Jackets to break much of a sweat, DeZego has seen the Jackets’ program experience a great deal of improvement since her freshman year. She is a senior now, so she certainly wants to make the most of her final season.

“Every year, since I’ve come into the program, we’ve always gotten better,” she said. “A better record, and we’ve played together better as a team.

“A lot of the players on the team now are upperclassmen; we have very few underclassmen.”

With all of the Jackets being familiar with each other, they recognize that DeZego is their top scoring threat when they get the ball on their side of the field. And she has certainly proven capable of finishing opportunities when they present themselves.

As the Jackets head into play in the Central Carolina Conference, West Davidson, Salisbury and Central Davidson will definitely look to mark DeZego and make someone else beat her; she is fully aware of that. “I’d like to think that I’m the focal point of the offense, but I like to play with the team; I’m a team player,” she said. “I don’t like to be the superstar. I like to be within the team.”

If her scoring surge continues, the wins are sure to keep coming for the Jackets.

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