Rising Star

Diesa Seidel, daughter of Dr. Dietrich and Mrs. Elizabeth Seidel has become a star of the Mid-Hudson Valley sports scene. On December 12th, she scored 20 points in the first half of a Red Hook High School basketball game and so passed the 1000 point mark for her high school career. She is on target for the school record total of 1,378 points. She was voted the New York State Class B player of the year last season by the New York State Sportswriters Association as she led the Red Hook Raiders to a 23-1 record with their only loss coming to the eventual state champions. As a junior, she averaged 20.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.4 blocked shots per game. The 6-2 center plans to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie next year on a full scholarship. Diesa's high school coach spoke of her in glowing terms to the Daily Freeman. "She is a very unselfish player who leads by example with her hard work ethic which is exactly what you want as a coach," he said.