Over the past few months, our Boy’s Varsity Team had put themselves through a growling season full of hard work and determination. All of the players put blood, sweat and tears into this season, and worked hard toward a state championship. Lanham Christian School did win the state championship this year. Here are a few interviews with some of the players on the Lanham Christian basketball team.
Meet Dakari Wilson #13 (11th). He is an 11th-grader and plays small forward for the Lanham lions. Dakari says this about his team “The team motivates me by telling me my mistakes so that I can fix them, also they are honest”. We talked to Dakari about how it is playing on the team he says “The hardest thing is the sleep schedule and practice time. Also not having enough breaks on the court and off the court”. Dakari is an excellent small forward and adds so much to the school on and off the court.
Meet Andrew Hutchinson #33 (12th). Andrew is a senior on the Lanham Lions. Andrew plays Power Forward. Andrew is a dominant big man on the Lanham Lions. Andrew says this about his team “The team’s greatest accomplishment is beating a top 10 school in Maryland even when they were much taller than us”. The Lanham Lions have worked very hard over the years to build up the fierce reputation they have as a dominant team. Andrew says that “The team motivates me by never letting me settle for less “. Lastly we asked Andrew about what he would say to other student-athletes coming into high school or currently in high school.
Andrew says “ Some advice I can give is to stay dedicated and work hard, and have confidence because it’s important to be successful in everything you do”.
Meet Jamar Payne #4 (10th). Jamar is a shooting guard for the Lanham Lions. Jamar says “The coaches make us work harder than others by pushing us harder each day”. This is evident in the fact that all of the Lanham basketball players work so hard every day, and that is the reason why they won the state championship. We asked Jamar to give advice to athletes and he said:” Some advice is to work harder at practices so that games are easier”.
Meet Diego Joy #3 (9th). Diego plays point guard for the Lanham Lions and contributes a lot to the team. Diego is a joy to have around on and off the court and shows what hard work and determination really is. Diego says this about his team and his coach’s chemistry “The coaches and teams get along very well and there are many funny relationships between players and coaches”. Diego is a true leader.
Meet Mike Lebby #12 (10th). He is a shooting guard for the Lanham Lions. He says this about his team “The team is close and it’s like a brotherhood, we are a pretty good team”. This is shown very evident in the way they act with each other. The basketball players truly show connection and brotherly love for each other. Mike was asked what helps motivate the team and he says “We all push each other to play and we keep each other accountable when we see that we are lacking in any areas”. This is such a crucial aspect of a team and what keeps the best teams grounded and sets them apart from just average teams.
Lanham and Couch Mouton have helped craft a perfect team this season and we look forward to seeing how each of these players grow throughout their careers and how much more they will grow in Christ and in Basketball.
MCST championship win.
Written by Brandon Mobley.