With big achievements come high expectations, and The Woodlands Christian Academy basketball team is ready to exceed those expectations in the 2018-2019 season.
The Warriors claimed the title of state champions back in the 2017-2018 season and they are ready to do whatever it takes to defend this title.
With four starters returning off of last year’s state championship team, the season ahead looks promising for the Warriors.
Bakari Lastrap, Nash Golaszewski, Zack Golaszewski, and EJ Jones will be key to the team’s success, according to head coach, Tanner Field.
Field has high hopes for the season as many players have been working hard to improve individually in the summer and getting stronger in the weight room.
Their hard work has already proven to be worthwhile after their wins this past week against Frassati Catholic High School and St. Thomas Episcopal High School.
“All we need to do is play as a team and eliminate all selfishness in order to come out on top this year,” Nevan Newcomb said.
Newcomb is a senior who Field lauds as the “ace up the team’s sleeve.”
The Warriors may have what it takes to return home with a championship title, but the one thing that will carry them to their end goal is their ability to stand as a cohesive unit.
Along with having a tough defense and keeping the game going at a fast pace senior, Zack Golaszewski, emphasized the importance of the team’s chemistry as a crucial factor in a victorious season.
“My brother Nash has pushed and motivated me from the day I started playing basketball, and it’s an awesome feeling playing on the same team as him,” Golaszewski said. “Nevan Newcomb is also another person I love sharing the court with and am glad that we can encourage each other in our last season of the game we love.”
The feeling of winning the TAPPS 4A State Championship is what inspires the Warriors to push each other past their limits in the gym, and motivate each other in all aspects of the game.
“My passion for basketball started when I was just six years old,” Lastrap said. “From the moment I shot my first basket, basketball has held a special place in my heart. It’s something about the sport that leaves me always coming back for more."
“For me it is all about the development of the human person,” Field said. “Watching a young man develop not only in the game of basketball but also spiritually and emotionally. I will judge myself at the end of my career based on the husbands and fathers my players went on to become.”
Ryann Booth is a student at TWCA and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...