OEHS Student Athlete of the Week: Ty Battle
Jan 17, 2017 12:56PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Ty Battle will play for Division I Indiana State next year.
When you are the daughter of a college basketball legend and former NBA player, expectations are going to be high.
It takes an individual who is not only physically talented, but someone with mental strength to overcome any criticisms, fair or not, that come their way. Fortunately for OEHS senior Ty Battle, she has more than enough strength, mental and physical, to overcome any criticisms or obstacles thrown her way, which is why she is this week’s Oswego East Student Athlete of the week.
Following in the footsteps of her father, Kenny Battle, Ty chose to focus on basketball at a young age. Learning from her father’s experience, she quickly blossomed into one of the hardest working, as well as smartest, basketball players in the area.
After spending her first two seasons at Joliet Catholic, Ty transferred to OE for her junior year, and has helped lead the Lady Wolves to two of their strongest seasons to date.
At 6’1”, Ty has the size to challenge post players, as well as the athleticism to play on the perimeter. Statistically, she leads the team in points per game with 15.6. She also averages 6.6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists per game.
Those statistics are an improvement from last season; a season in which she was named second team All-State and Southwest Prairie Conference Player of the Year. Her improvement is a testament to the type of person she is and how hard she works.
Head coach Abe Caretto says, “[Ty] is very coachable, plays with a lot of energy, and wants our team to succeed. She is constantly working on her fundamentals to improve her game.”
Because of her family, Ty and her teammates do not have the luxury of flying under the radar or being looked past by opponents; every game, opponents are giving the Wolves their best effort. Last season saw the Lady Wolves complete their best season to date, winning 27 games and making it to the sectional championship.
Head coach Abe Caretto has made sure to challenge his team early this season with some of the state’s best opponents, highlighted by Friday’s win over 4th ranked Geneva. At 15-3, the Wolves are currently ranked 24th in the state. The three losses were to the number one ranked team by one point, the 7th ranked team on a last second shot, and the team ranked third in the state in overtime.
It’s not just numbers that speak to Ty’s success; it is her personality and hard work. Her mother, Tiffany Battle, says, “Ty’s best strengths are her ability to adapt no matter the situation and thrive. She’s so nice and easy going.”
While off the court Ty is a hard worker and great personality, Tiffany also understands what it has taken to make her so successful on the court.
“[Ty’s] a natural, she understands the game so well I believe she could coach,” she goes on to add, “If you watch her in a game you see her consistently performing, but assisting more than anything.”
Caretto echoes those sentiments by saying, “Ty is very easy going, but when it comes time for practice and games, she is a fierce competitor.” He goes on to add, “Although everyone thinks about who has the most points, Ty has worked hard in the trenches to get a lot of rebounds in her career, and is able to get plenty of steals in a game, owning the record for the most steals in a game with 9.”
Having earned a Division 1 scholarship to Indiana State, Ty was most recently awarded a nomination for a McDonald’s All-American. But despite the accolades and success she has achieved on the court, she continues to pursue academics with the same ferocity as she does basketball. With a 25 on her ACT and a G.P.A. over 3.0, she also pushes herself by taking challenging classes like Advanced Placement Environmental Science.
Her Sociology I and II teacher, Sarah Davies, who also serves as a coach in the girls’ basketball program, says, “As a student, Ty is responsible and dependable.” She goes on to add, “Others can rely on her for leadership, and as a teacher, I can rely on her to be engaged and prepared. She has excelled in all of the work she has produced and turned in, and always has great insight in discussions.”
As the Wolves move into the heart of their conference schedule, the team prepares for what they hope is an extended postseason run, trying to earn the program’s first trip downstate. Ty will continue to help lead the Wolves, by not only putting up numbers, but by example and tenacity on the floor.
Always thinking of others, Ty’s advice to future Oswego East Wolves is to, “Be a team player.” The school, and area, will keep a close watch on the girls basketball team as they continue dominating their competition.