Sports Spotlight: Chance Farrell-Martin Story and Photos by Jordan Overmyer

Junior Chance Farrell-Martin has followed in the footsteps of his father, pursuing his interest for basketball and looking to continue his success as starter and top point guard on the boys’ varsity basketball team.

Growing up, Farrell-Martin immersed himself in a wide variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, baseball and rugby. Ultimately, he decided to focus solely on basketball. Farrell-Martin’s love for the sport was passed down from his father as they practiced and attended local games together.

“I started learning basketball when I was born,” Farrell-Martin said. “I saw that [my dad] loved it a lot and I always had fun playing it.”

From playing his first game at the YMCA as a kindergartener to competing on a high school varsity team, Farrell-Martin has turned into an offensive threat that contributes to the success of the team.

As a sophomore, Farrell-Martin scored a total of 118 points and lead the varsity team in assists (92) and steals (59), according to MaxPreps. This is Farrell-Martin’s second year on varsity, but he also plays for the travel team, North Bay Basketball Academy.

Sporting jersey number one, so far this season, he has scored 20 points, has had 13 assists and 10 steals after the team’s six games, according to MaxPreps.

Senior point guard and second year varsity player Josh Katz has been playing with Farrell-Martin for three years since they first played on junior varsity (JV) together.

“He's a good teammate. He’s quiet but at the same time he has really good leadership skills and he really knows how to run our whole offense,” Katz said.

According to Katz, Farrell-Martin’s ability to read and execute plays on the court is what makes him such a dominant asset to the offense.

“Chance is really good at seeing the whole court and is known for his court vision, so he is really good at finding people who are open for passes,” Katz said. “He is able to find people out of nowhere and pass the ball.”

Steve Compagno has been coaching Farrell-Martin since he started his sophomore year, and has helped him grow as an athlete and leader within the past year.

“He’s picked off right where he left off last year and has gotten way better. He’s more vocal in the locker room, understands the game and how to play and is a great forward leader,” Compagno said.

As point guard, Farrell-Martin is responsible for getting everyone involved and overseeing the court.

“[The point guard] is like the quarterback. You’re supposed to know all the plays, know where everyone is supposed to be and where everyone would do the best,” Farrell-Martin said.

According to Katz, Farrell-Martin is able to effectively lead the team through his strong command of the ball.

“He’s good at putting people in the places they need to go and running specific set plays. If our offense breaks down, he knows how to get us out of it and allow us to score,” Katz said.

Compagno, like Katz, believes that Farrell-Martin has adept instincts on the court.

“He knows how to find people when they’re open. It's a quality that you just develop through playing at higher levels, which he's done,” Compagno said.

According to Farrell-Martin, he's developed his skills through countless hours of training and repetition.

“When I’ve watched basketball I’ve always admired people passing and I’ve played for so long that I know where my teammates are going to be when I’m on the court,” Farrell-Martin said.

What makes Farrell-Martin such a key player out of the court, according to Compagno, is his floor leadership, solid defense on the perimeter and winning attitude.

“He’s quiet. Everyone has a different way of going about their business and [Farrell-Martin] is very competitive and wants to win and he works really hard,” Compagno said.

It was Farrell-Martin’s family that got him into basketball and it’s also what kept him playing. One of his favorite parts about playing for Redwood is getting to spend time with his teammates and feeling a familial quality the team, Farrell-Martin said.

He enjoys the team environment and it has allowed him to enhance his ability to work with people.

“It's structured me to become a better person because I’ve met really good people through basketball,” Farrell-Martin said. “Basketball has put me in the right crowd of people.”

Farrell-Martin acknowledges that he might not be the dominant voice on the team, but he hopes that his skills and efforts speak for themselves.

“I try to lead by example mostly. I’m not really a vocal person but if I can put out my best effort and become the best player I can be, then other people will follow,” Farrell-Martin said.

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