My extracurricular activities have taken a hit. You see — I often struggle with daylight savings. It might take a good month for me to adjust. I severely miss spending a few hours in the great outdoors. There is simply no time to do anything fun. The sun goes down before supper now, and my fishing gear is starting to miss me. I already put my clubs away for the year, but somehow find a way to keep up with my chores. I wouldn't say that I am going into a funk. I just don't remember it ever being this dark.
The high school football playoffs are coming to a close and basketball teams are gearing up for another year. The Lycoming men and women are off to impressive starts. Make sure you swing by Lamade Gymnasium for a few games.
I told you a brief story about playing H-O-R-S-E with Alize Johnson last spring. Well you can expect big things from the 6'8” senior from Saint John Neumann. Alize is climbing up the NBA draft boards and was tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference's preseason Player of the Year. Johnson was recently named to Karl Malone's watch list of best power forwards in the nation. His Missouri State Bears are fun team to watch on ESPN.
Former Millionaires Jahad Thomas and Isaiah Washington are also turning some heads. Thomas is a scrappy senior point forward for the UMASS Lowell River Hawks. Washington has already graduated from Penn State University and is now a guard for the Quinnipiac Bobcats where he is taking graduate course. He's super athletic wicked smart.
Another local who is making an impact of the hardwood is my man Kevin Anderson. The 6'5” freshman guard incredibly started the first two games for the Delaware Blue Hens. But I am not surprised one bit. Anderson was in double digits both nights and tallied an amazing 38 minutes against Bradley.
The former Saint John Neumann star had an amazing high school career. Anderson was the PIAA small school Player of the Year as a senior and he never lost a regular season or district playoff game. Unbelievable.
I had the pleasure of coaching a young Kevin when he was in the 8th grade. He was such an amazing back talent. Anderson’s skills and work ethic were off the charts at an early age. He made look like a basketball genius and all I really did was yell, “Get the ball to Kevin.”
The Fraggles and I gave him a cool nickname back in the day. Anderson played with a smooth swagger on the court and he had a ball he brought to practice every day that said Iceman. We later learned that was his father's gig. So we threw in a Junior and it stuck.