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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Kevin O'Donoghue

The Cardinal Mooney boys basketball junior scored 11 points against Booker High on Tuesday.

Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball forward Kevin O'Donoghue.
Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball forward Kevin O'Donoghue.
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Kevin O'Donoghue is a junior on the Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team. O'Donoghue scored 11 points Tuesday in the Cougars' 57-44 road win over Booker High. 

When did you start playing basketball?

I'm not sure, but I was young. I started with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. I'm pretty sure my dad (Morgan O'Donoghue) was my first coach. Since the first time I played, I have been in love with the game. 

What is the appeal to you?

I like battling with my teammates and winning games. When there are crowds at big games, you feel the excitement and the adrenaline. I still love it as much as I used to. 

What is your best skill?

I would say it is my shot-making. Recently I have actually been on a bit of a cold stretch, but in general I have the ability to make shots and get my team going.

What have you been working to improve?

Definitely my defense. It has been a big problem for me for a while. This year I have tried to stop people from getting by me or going (to the) baseline. I'm also trying to get more rebounds and more blocks. (O'Donoghue leads the team with 4.3 rebounds a game.) 

What is your favorite memory?

My freshman year, when I was at The Out-of-Door Academy, I got to play with my brother (Tyler O'Donoghue). We actually beat Cardinal Mooney in the district tournament. That game was important to us, getting to share that. 

What were your expectations when joining Cardinal Mooney this year?

I had huge expectations. I have known all these guys for a long time, probably since elementary school, and I have known Coach Vince (Cherry) since fourth grade. I was excited to get here and start playing games because I knew the talent on the roster. 

What is your favorite food?

I love a cheeseburger with some fries and ketchup. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I have to say "Breaking Bad." 

What is your favorite subject?

This year it has been psychology. I'm interested in learning about the brain. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I think I would pick flight. That would be super cool. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Play every game like it is your last. Sometimes I have trouble getting motivated to go out and play my best. But when I think about how any game could be my last game, it helps with that. Always give it your all. 

Finish this sentence: "Kevin O'Donoghue is …"

An energizer. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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