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Kaitlyn Piloto
Junior, Key West

“She helped us set the pace of the games, coming up huge on the draw. She was instrumental in moving the offense and defense to create opportunities for either herself or others to go to goal.” – Marisa Giacopuzzi, Lady Conchs lacrosse coach

When the Lady Conchs started the season, they knew they would have to dig deep to overcome their young and somewhat inexperienced roster. It would take athletes stepping up and leading the charge, and junior Kaitlyn Piloto answered that call. The hard-working athlete has shone when the Conchs most needed a star – most recently in their district quarterfinal game, in which she netted 5 goals to help lead her team into the next round of playoffs.

In total last week, Piloto scored 6 goals, was credited with a pair of assists, and won 10 draw controls. Her play helped the Conchs win against Coral Shores and stay in the game against Westminster Christian, and though the outcome was not what Piloto and her team had hoped for, her strong showing will help set the stage for a deeper run in her senior campaign. For giving her all when her team needed her most, Key West’s Kaitlyn Piloto is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.