Athlete of the Week: Caleb Lally

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Suring senior serving as strong scoring threat

Athlete: Caleb Lally

Sport: Boys basketball

School: Suring High School

Year: Senior

Winners of nine of the last 11 games, the Suring boys basketball team seems to be trending in the right direction as the postseason nears. A big reason behind the Eagles recent success has been the play of senior Caleb Lally.

Lally is averaging 16.5 points per game this season and has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. Lally has scored over 20 points four times, with a season-high of 27 points coming against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Feb. 1.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I started playing basketball when I was in kindergarten at Saturday morning basketball practices.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: My favorite part of the basketball season is spending time with my friends and being able to compete every night.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Suring boys basketball team?

A: My freshmen year I was asked to come up and play on the varsity tournament team and we ended up beating Gresham in the regional finals. After the game we got an escort from the Suring Fire Department to school and then got to ride on top of the fire trucks to the golf course.

Q: What serves as your motivation while playing on the court?

A: My teammates have always been a huge motivator on the court. We’ve been playing together since we were young and it’s great to know that they’ve got my back on every play.

Q: With just a couple of weeks before the start of regionals, what kind of things does the team need to keep working on in order to be in the best position possible to win games?

A: We have to focus on being patient on both sides of the ball and working to get open shots. We also have to keep playing solid defense so we can wear out the other team and get steals and transition points.

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?

A: Before the game I always stretch and try to mentally prepare myself. I also say a quick prayer before we go out for warm-ups that gets me in the right frame of mind before we play.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and working on my grandpa’s farm during the summer.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “Duck Dynasty,” my favorite movie is “The Sandlot,” and I can’t say that I have a favorite musician.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: I really enjoy helping my grandpa on the farm and I hope to be able to keep the farm going.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: To use the backboard, thanks Mr. (Ron) Christensen (one of Suring’s assistant coaches for most of high school).