The same moniker that has been applied to top-notch athletes such as Tom Gugliotta of the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns, Raymont Harris of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Courtney Brown of the Cleveland Browns, can easily be attributed to Southeast High School junior Lisa Dubinsky.
The soft-spoken Dubinsky is not one for drawing attention to herself with comments and chatter, but all opponents of the Pirates' girls basketball team have taken note of the junior. Over the past two weeks, Dubinsky has averaged 19.6 points per game while grabbing 11 rebounds per contest.
"I don't like to yell," said Dubinsky. "My dad always told me to lead by example. Things have been going pretty good so far. We have been playing well as a team."
Southeast coach Vic Marozzi described his standout in much the same way, pointing to her quiet leadership.
"She is real quiet. It is just her personality," said Marozzi. "All the girls look to Lisa as a leader. She is just not a real rah-rah type."
Despite the quiet demeanor, Dubinsky has played loud in the paint all season long. After leading the Pirates in rebounding and finishing second in steals a year ago, she has worked on her game and emerged as the dominant offensive weapon for Southeast.
"We really look to her to be a scorer. With her size and ability, she causes a lot of matchup problems for teams," said Marozzi. "She is a hard worker and very coachable kid. When we work with her on a new move, she will use it on the court. She likes to push the envelope."
Dubinsky took the spotlight on a grand stage as the Pirates matched up with Waterloo in a non-league contest at Cleveland's Gund Arena Saturday. Southeast fell behind 34-26 at the half, but Dubinsky came alive in the second half. Shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor, Dubinsky rattled off 20 second-half points to lead the Pirates to a 66-63 come-from-behind victory.
"That is how she played against Crestwood, too," said Marozzi. "There are times when she gets on a roll and is just unstoppable. She is shooting the ball very well. She only missed two shots in her first two games."
Shooting percentage has been an impressive aspect of the junior's game all year. Improved fundamentals and an increase in confidence has sparked the boost in shooting percentage.
"Coach told me to square up and face the basket more," said Dubinsky. "He told me that if I can take the shot, to take it. So I have been looking to take the ball inside more."
Her love of the game began way back in her first season of fourth-grade basketball, and was fostered even further by a mentor in the form of Kent State University basketball great Amy Sherry.
"When I was younger, I always looked up to Amy Sherry," said Dubinsky. "She was a substitute teacher for my fifth-grade class in Ravenna and always talked to me a lot and I would go watch her play."
While basketball has long been the love of Dubinsky's life, sports have played more than a casual role. Her father, Dave Dubinsky, coaches football and softball for the Pirates while Lisa also competes in track and soccer. Having her father coach for the same school as she plays for has been a positive for Dubinsky, who points to her dad as a source of inspiration.
"He is always there for me," said Dubinsky. "If we have a bad game or I get down, he is always there to pick me up."
Although just a junior, Dubinsky has looked to the future, where she plans to further her education and enter the teaching field. A love of working with kids, fostered through her work with the Southeast intramural program has the basketball standout, who carries a 3.0 grade-point average, looking toward teaching elementary school.
"I'd like to go to college and teach elementary school," said Dubinsky. "Working with kids is a lot of fun. In the intramural leagues it is fun to work with them. I like teaching them new things and it is fun to watch them. When they make a basket they get all excited."