Ian Lowry, a point-forward for the Redwood basketball team since his freshman year, has been playing this sport for 13 years. According to Lowry, the biggest lesson he has learned from his years on the team is that the sport takes an incredible effort, and goals can only be achieved by putting in as much work as possible. If he were able to give any aspiring players advice, he would tell them that it is this level of effort that matters above all else.
Ben Wenig began his athletic career at the age of two when he first picked up a Nerf basketball. His love for the sport has continued on throughout high school, and according to Wenig, being a part of the varsity boys’ basketball team has led to meaningful connections for the senior. Wenig has learned valuable lessons during his time with the team, most importantly that it is difficult to obtain the things you want, but even harder to keep them. According to Wenig, he’s formed strong bonds with the members of his team, the highlight being Assistant Coach Joe Lazor, who has contributed to growth in all aspects of Wenig’s life.
As the son of a basketball player, Chance Farrell-Martin has had a basketball in his hands ever since he can remember. He cherishes his time with the team and especially enjoys spending time with his teammates outside of the gym. According to Farrell-Martin, had it not been for Redwood basketball, he would not have fostered the kinds of close friendships that he has acquired. As an athlete who has played for many years on many teams, Farrell-Martin has had the ability to meet many people who share his dedication to the sport. He emphasizes enjoying oneself above all when playing a varsity sport, and he advises aspiring athletes to place more focus on having fun on the court. According to Farrell-Martin, what he’ll remember most about his years as a varsity Giant is the feeling created by excitement and cohesive teamwork during games.
Senior Jack Gerson has been invested in basketball since he was a preschooler playing for CYO. He shares Lowry’s feelings about what it takes to be a varsity athlete, noting that dedication and hard work are not only encouraged but required to succeed in basketball. If he could speak to his freshman self, his advice would be to stay persistent and put in the effort to be the very best. This is wisdom Gerson finds applicable to all young athletes, as he believes continuous practice over time allows anyone to achieve their goals in any sport. As for his time with Redwood basketball over the past four years, Gerson values the friendships he has made the most, as the connections shared among the teammates is helpful on the court.
Dean Watson has been playing basketball alongside many of his teammates since the fifth grade. Basketball means everything to him as it allows him to spend time with his closest friends and put in their best effort together to reach their goals. According to Watson, he has devoted such a huge part of his life to basketball that it has become apart of who he is, and without basketball he has no idea what his life would be like now.
Jake Mathews fell in love with the game of basketball during third grade when he joined the St. Patrick's Catholic Youth Organization basketball team. Many members of that third-grade team are still on the court with him today, and six of the nine seniors on the Redwood team played for the St. Pat’s CYO team. Mathews progressed through his middle school basketball career with many of the same teammates, playing on Amatuer Athletic Union (AAU) teams such as North Bay Basketball Academy (NBBA). Mathews is thrilled for what is to come this year, and with a strong, bonded team that has been playing together for the majority of their lives he believes success is in the near future.
After many of his friends became involved in the St. Patrick’s CYO basketball program, Scott Matthews decided to give it a try during his fourth grade year. After first touching the court, Matthews couldn’t get enough of basketball, always wanting to be on the court or watch professional games on TV. According to Matthews, basketball gives him an opportunity to push himself and test what kind of difficulties he can endure. Basketball has always been physically challenging to Matthews, forcing him to push his limits and try to become the best player on the court. However, he believes this year brings upon new responsibilities not previously faced before.
A foot injury followed by a reparative surgery is not enough to keep star athlete Miles Squiers down. Squiers, who comes from a family in which basketball plays a large role, began playing competitively in third grade and learned the ropes through CYO in middle school. He has since developed his skills as a shooting guard for the varsity team. According to Squiers, he’s struggled with having to sit out the first games of the season due to his injury, however, the opportunity has allowed him to observe the team and pinpoint what can be improved. He’s eager to get off of the sidelines and join his teammates on the court after winter break, but for now, as an invested member of the team, Squiers still attends all practices and contributes to the team’s growth. He manages to balance his love of basketball with his musical ventures, and according to Squiers, he utilizes his athletic and musical skills as meditative tools.
Basketball has always been special to Brandon Radu. Radu has been playing basketball as long as he can remember, also beginning his career on the St. Hilary’s CYO team. Basketball has played a huge role throughout the course of his life as it has given him an outlet to relax, compete and build relationships with his friends. Though they may be his teammates and friends now, Radu once faced and competed against them, as he played for an opposing team in CYO. However, over the past four years the team has formed a strong team chemistry unlike any other team he has been on before.