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Basketball Captain: Andrew Canizal

Q: What position do you play in basketball?

A: I am a shooting guard and point guard.

Q: What do you love most about basketball?

A: I love competing and playing with my teammates.

Q: When did you first get interested in basketball?

A: I got interested when I was six years old and I have been playing a long time and because of my dad (who took me to play). He put me to Kare Youth League. It’s been like five years.

Q: Who supports you from behind the court?

A: My parents tell me to keep doing what you want, do not let anything bring you down, and keep your head up. [History teacher, Eric] Hendrickson used to coach my dad in basketball. He would tell my dad what I need to do and from there I try to do it.

Q: How does being a role model affect you and your team.

A: Since this is my last year playing [basketball], it will be a good year leaving that they look up to me. For next year, they will understand it is all about hard work and putting the time in and going out there to compete.

Q: Do you behave differently on the court and off the court?

A: [I am] a leader out there, directing my teammates where to go. Off the court, I am more active and chill [like] messing around.

Q: What defines your role as captain?

A: What defines my role as captain is that I am a leader out there. I let them know what is wrong what is right.

Q: How many hours do you practice outside of school?

A: Outside of school, I practice three hours on the weekends with my brother.

Q: What is your team like?

A: My teammates are hard-headed but sometimes they are there to compete. Sometimes I get on them but most of the time they are really smart. They look up to me [and] expect me to be there at practice, showing them plays they haven’t learned.

Q: What is one thing that someone needs to know in order to play basketball?

A: Go out there to compete and play hard.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: [My goal is to] try to win back to back league titles if possible.

Q: What are the difficulties of being captain?

A: [It is difficult] to be there everyday, showing the coach that you care and telling my teammates what to do.

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