Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Balling Success From Mackay To San Diego

Mackay’s very own Paris Santacaterina, has carved out an impressive legacy at Dodge City Community College (DCCC), leaving a memorable mark on the basketball courts over the past two seasons.

Her journey from Australia to the heartland of America has been defined by extraordinary achievements both on and off the court.

Paris achieved a milestone that hadn't been accomplished at DCCC since 1987, earning NJCAA All-American honours. This recognition played a pivotal role in the Conquistadors' success, leading them to a remarkable 27-7 season record, a coveted spot in the NJCAA DI National Tournament and their first-ever victory at that level.

As the team's top scorer, averaging 14.9 points per game with impressive shooting percentages, she also contributed significantly with rebounds, assists and steals, showcasing her all-around skill.

Not only did she achieve a standout 56-11 overall record and 42-6 in KJCCC play across two seasons but she was also instrumental in securing the KJCCC title after a 29-win season, marking a historic milestone for the program.

This season, despite finishing second in the KJCCC, Paris led her team back to the NJCAA National Tournament, where they secured their first-ever tournament win.

Her statistical achievements further solidify her legacy at DCCC, where she ranks prominently in school history for both single-season and career performances.

Off the court, Paris’ dedication to academic excellence is equally commendable, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA over two years and earning recognition as an Academic All-American.

Looking ahead, Paris’ journey continues as she transfers to the University of San Diego, (USD), bringing her talents and leadership to their basketball program. Her new role as a Torero promises to build on her successes at DCCC where she is expected to contribute significantly both on and off the court.

Beyond her academic achievements, Paris’ early basketball years in Mackay have no doubt foreshadowed her current and future accomplishments.

Named MVP of the U18 conference championship and a four-time Queensland State representative, she has consistently demonstrated her skills and leadership from an early age.

As she prepares for her next chapter at USD, Paris remains focused on her goals of continuing to excel in basketball as well as pursuing a degree in education.

From Mackay to Dodge City and now heading to San Diego, Paris Santacaterina's basketball journey has been nothing but a hooping success. Images supplied

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