located on the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line. However, this small
community of just fewer than 1,300 people has produced one of the top
multi-sport female athletes in the state of Ohio. Rarely in any
community will you find an athlete that has the combination of talent,
drive and determination that Brookfield High School senior Morgan
Bonekovic is both a volleyball and basketball standout for the Warriors. Last season as a junior, Bonekovic scored her 1,000th career point in basketball. This past volleyball season, she earned her 1,000th kill. Bonekovic also ranks No. 1 in her graduating class of 114 and carries a 4.0 GPA.
Bonekovic’s volleyball coach Bob Calvin knows how rare it is to find an athlete like her at Brookfield or anywhere else.
“I think she’s broke every record there is in Brookfield,” Calvin said. “You probably won’t see anyone like her come through here in 20 years.”
Bonekovic started in sports at a young age thanks to the encouragement of her mother. She’s never looked back – or slowed down.
“When I was little my mom wanted me to be involved in things,” Bonekovic said. “I tried a lot of sports, but volleyball and basketball are my passions. I love both of those sports.”
According to Calvin, that passion is evident in the way Bonekovic plays and practices.
“She was the hardest worker I had,” said Calvin. “You can tell she just loved this game, and she was disappointed when people didn’t bring the same passion that she did.”
Basketball coach Shawn Hammond sees the same qualities.
“She’s a fun kid, really easy to motivate,” Hammond said. “She takes criticism really well and always wants to keep getting better. She’s a good leader who the other girls respond to well. People feed off her.”
Bonekovic has already reached several individual goals in her high school career, including some she wasn’t even told about.
“My 1,000th kill in volleyball was a complete surprise,” Bonekovic said. “My coaches knew and someone let it slip to a newspaper. I actually read it in the newspaper that I should get it my next game.”
Said Calvin: “We told her that day and she wanted to kill me. It was against Crestview who’s a tough opponent and we didn’t want the team to get caught up in it.”
With individual milestones already accomplished, Bonekovic now turns her attention to team rewards. Conference and district titles are the goal.
Last season Brookfield fell to Columbiana Crestview in the district finals, 60-56. This year Bonekovic and her teammates are determined to take that next step.
“My No. 1 goal this year is to win districts,” Bonekovic said. “We’re always reminded of losing to Crestview. It’s in everyone’s head because we have everyone back from last year. That’s what we want to do this year – we want to win districts.”
“(Winning a district title) is very important to them and you can see that in how hard they’re working,” Hammond said. “It would be a great way to send these girls out. This team has always wanted to be in Columbus.”
Don’t count the Warriors out in their bid to reach the regionals. Bonekovic has already done a pretty good job writing history and there’s still ink left in the pen.
Said Calvin: “It’s a once in a lifetime chance to have someone like her to coach.”