Another Month over and another two outstanding athletes were named Cardinal Ritter Booster Club Athletes of the Month. December saw some very qualified individuals mentioned in the conversation as best of the month but in the end, the two that rose to the top were Meghan “Sure Shot” Sandifer and Fabian “Face” Valladares.
Sandifer has been a senior leader on the court leading the Raiders to a 9-5 record overall and 5-1 in ICC play. She is currently averaging 8.1 ppg and is shooting 48% from the field. She was a force in the Decatur Central win as she continued to drive the lane with physicality, willing the ball into the bucket. She is currently second on the team in rebounds per game with 4.6 and assists per game with 2.2 while leading the team in offensive rebounds.
Valladares had arguably the greatest wrestling match in the state in 2019 as he won the 120 pound weight class at the City Championship. In the Finals Match, Fabian was down 1 point with over a minute to go and was locked up. With less than 10 seconds left in the match, he earned a point to send it to overtime. After a deadlocked 1st OT, Fabian pulled out the win in the 2nd overtime. His win helped seal the team’s second place finish. The first time the Raiders have placed that high in over 20 years.