Highlands boys varsity basketball team hosted Swain last month on Senior Night and lost a nail biter by two points, 59-57.
It was a tough loss for Highlands for the final home game of the season, but there were moments of happiness when Highlands recognized it’s senior players; including Gig Chalker, Collin Stoltzfus, Ethan Tate, and Lane Tingen.
Highlands Coach Brett Lamb said the four have been a big part of their program who will be missed.
“They bring a mindset of playing hard when the ball is thrown up each game,” said Lamb. “They competed every night and gave us a big presence on the floor. They have been a pleasure to coach and I hope the younger guys can build from their leadership this past year.”
Lamb added that this group has been through some ups and downs with games, injuries, and dealing with all the pandemic protocols. He hopes they take what they have learned playing as a team and use it towards achieving a successful future in life.
“We would just like to thank all the players, cheerleaders, parents and fans for helping support us through a tough and different year due to COVID,” said Lamb. “We look forward to the day we can all get back in the gym and have a full house for games. Our motto has been attack each practice and game like it’s your last. We will carry that into next year with a chip on our shoulders and work to bring a conference championship to Highlands!”
Favorite memory: When I hit the game winner against Robbinsville and the whole team went wild.
Future plans: Attend Western Carolina University and study business.
Favorite memory: Dooley and Coach Lamb gave me the nickname “Ferdinand,” because they said I was like a bull in a China shop. Also, I was grateful to be able to play basketball with both of my brothers in High School.
Comments: I want to thank all my coaches, friends and family for supporting me.
Future plans: Attend High Point University as a Presidential Scholar to study Computer Science.
Favorite memory: I think tonight (Senior Night) might be my favorite memory from high school; playing with my brothers, my friends, and family around me.
Comments: I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and to all my coaches for helping me throughout my high school career.
Future plans: Attend a 4-year college and earn a degree in Civil Engineering.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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