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Basketball players balance life on and off the court

Basketball players at Anderson High School have enjoyed a winning record on the court. For many student athletes, though, success on the court is only half the battle. Not everyone can be a professional athlete. It’s important to focus on learning academic and life skills in addition to basketball.

Teacher Bette Anne Currie plays an important role in the academic success of student athletes on the basketball team. 

¨The boys are more than just basketball,” Currie said. “I enjoy working with the boys and reminding them academics are just as important as basketball.” 

Currie encourages students to focus on time management, future plans, and money management.

 Senior Louis “LJ” Jackson said, “I’m in Mrs. Currie’s room everyday. She always makes sure I’m on track and keeps me accountable. When she sees a grade dropping or an assignment missing she’s on it right away.” Jackson said “Keeping up on academics and remaining dedicated all 4 years has made me a tougher person.”

Currie makes sure the boys know there’s more to success than just performance on the court. “I encourage the boys to look at themselves and  find their own strengths,” Currie said. 

“¨I love the school spirit and support but it’s a lot of pressure,” Jackson said. ¨Keeping your grades up while playing basketball gets rough between practice and games.” These players are often getting up at 5 a.m. to go to practice. 

When it comes to players leaving high school Currie encourages them to use basketball. “They should take advantage of the talent they have and use basketball for college.”

Despite the pressure, players love the support they feel from their community. 

 “Going out after games, a lot of people come and ask about the team and showing support,” Jackson said.

Currie agrees that basketball is a good way to get involved with the community, but it can’t be the only thing a student athlete is focused on. There are plenty of ways that students can stay involved with sports after college and as adults.

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Lily Abbott
My name is Lily Abbott. I'm a sophomore at Anderson High School. As A member of the school newspaper I enjoy writing about current events and conflicts going on in our school and community. My interest in student news sparked when I found myself and other classmates uninterested in announcements and being uninformormed about school sporting events. I also found that me as well as many other students were not aware of the AHS news website.  Some of my other interests include competitive cheerleading, attending school sporting events, and coaching gymnastics. The most prominent traits I see in myself are emotional intelligence, integrity, optimism, and honesty. I try to share those traits with others around me by being as positive, supportive, and uplifting as possible to others around me. Spending quality time with friends is something very important to me. I personally value all my friends just as much as family.
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