By Vianney Mangyao
This winter season, several sport teams here at Highland High School have finalized their teams, such as wrestling, girl’s soccer, boy’s soccer, girl’s basketball, and boy’s basketball. The boys basketball team is now currently competing against other schools with a solid set of athletes. One of the Head Coaches, Tim Anderson, tells us a little about what to expect this season.
Mr. Anderson comments that, “I would have to say the most exciting thing for me is just watching the players develop, and get better during the season”.
Despite earning a win or loss, it is important for Coach Anderson to encourage the team not to give up. “I motivate my players differently. Each player is different, so, as a coach, it’s my job to find what motivates each one of them. ” According to him, the most important thing for the players to do during the game is execute the game plan, stay focused on the team goal, play hard, and, of course, have fun.
There are a lot of other teams here in the Antelope Valley that Highland’s boys basketball team have been competing with for years. However, according to Coach Anderson, the team has an advantage over lot of teams simply because they work year round, always trying to get better. He also added, “Our team workouts are one of the hardest around. We teach all aspects of the game. ”
Of course, the team has several outstanding team players that lifts the school’s standards and goals in basketball. Coach Anderson described and mentioned some of them. “Dominic Gully is a relentless worker. Kendal Williams has played for us all 4 years, his development has been outstanding. He is the heart of our team. Chris Daniels has also been with us for 4 years. This year he will definitely turn some heads with his basketball ability. Treshawn Garrett, and Makeen Yasar will have big roles for us. We have some youngster that will be good: KJ Warren, Deshay Gibson, and Chris Gayles.”
Come watch our boys play most Tuesdays and Thursdays, home at Highland or at local schools in the Antelope Valley.