April 1, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
by Alayna Grier
Wyatt Grine, a senior athlete and varsity basketball player, has had quite the season. Wyatt has been playing basketball for eight years and focuses on going 100 percent everyday in practice and in every game.
“I try to encourage my team with my fun personality and positive attitude, but I also try to bring a lot of leadership to the group,” said Grine. “Since last year, team chemistry has grown, friendships have flourished and overall, the team has become stronger together.”
Grine plans to go to OSU to become a teacher or an athletic director after high school and gets encouragement from his parents who remind him to keep his head up through the highs and the lows. Through the season, South Salem High School has been the team’s greatest opponent but Grine definitely believes they can beat them.
“We just need to have heart. If we continue to work hard and have heart, we’ll be successful.”
Mr. Ryan Kirch, the head coach of the boys varsity team and a history teacher here at McNary high school, says that “Wyatt is just an all around leader. He is very mature for his age and he does a great job of showing leadership both physically and vocally. Both before and after games he’s just really motivating the team.”
The team has had a very successful season with a total of 18 wins and 4 losses but Grine claims that every win and every loss was a team effort.
“No one role is bigger than the other for our team. We win as a team and we lose as a team, and I think that’s what makes us such a strong group of players.”
Grine knows that the team can finish off the season successfully and says that if the team, “works hard in practice everyday and takes the time that we have seriously, we can have a great end to a great season.”
Mr. Kirch claims that there is always something Grine shows in all of his memories of him.
“In any great memory I have of Wyatt, he’s always just really building up the team. Like I said before, he does a great job of showing a lot of leadership on our team and I always make sure to remind him to just be himself. I tell him to enjoy every experience and not to try to be someone he’s not. And I think him always being himself is what makes him such a tremendous leader.”
For Grine, something always sticks out when he thinks of the varsity coach as well.
“Coach Kirch is always telling me to enjoy each day that I am blessed enough to play this game and that always sticks with me because it reminds me of how special this game is for me. I have a lot of great memories on the court and I know how important it is to keep everything in perspective. Honestly I’m just happy to be playing the game with such a great team.”
With all of my questions asked I had just one more for the varsity athlete. I asked him what his goals were for the season and his answer?
“Lifelong memories with my homies,“ said Wyatt Grine.