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In his zone. Ethan defends against a West Plains Zizzer at a varsity basketball game. The Yellowjackets won.

In his zone. Ethan defends against a West Plains Zizzer at a varsity basketball game. The Yellowjackets won.

In his zone. Ethan defends against a West Plains Zizzer at a varsity basketball game. The Yellowjackets won.


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The expectations are high for Junior, Ethan Christal as he goes into this basketball season.

By: Kayne Buckley

 

The all star shooter Ethan Christal is expecting a lot from himself and his team this season.

Ethan started his first basketball season in kindergarten. He has played every year and is coming into his junior year of basketball. Christal took basketball seriously from the start. He started playing travelling basketball in the fifth grade. He still plays. At this point in his career, Ethan claims he was not very good yet.

In his seventh grade year, he tried out for the team, and he made it. That year they went 13-0. The next season they only lost one game. He was a starter for both years.

Christal’s freshman year was his breakout season. “I had to step out of my comfort zone,” is what he said while reflecting on his freshman year. He started for the Freshman Yellowjackets and came off the bench for the JV team. Ethan knew he had to step up and work hard for a winning season for the Freshman and JV Yellowjackets. He lettered for basketball this year, and that was a big accomplishment to him.

Last season as a sophomore, Ethan had high expectations from everyone around him. “I was hyped for my first varsity start. I think I was too hyped though, I got nervous and did not play as well as I wanted to,” Ethan shares on his first Varsity start. In the first game of the real season last year, the Jackets fell to Nixa.

The expectations are higher for Ethan this year. He is a top caliber athlete and really stands out. It is a show to watch when he gets hot.

“I have improved most on shooting, I worked on the gun a lot and found my shot. I think it will really help my shooting from the three and from two.” Ethan led varsity in shooting percentage last season.

Ethan has set expectations for himself and his teammates: “For my team I hope to improve from last season. For myself, I expect to be a better leader. I believe we will have a winning season this year.”

Ethan is anticipating the new season under the new head coach, Coach Brown: “I like his coaching, I feel like he will help us a lot.”

The sharpshooting junior has a message to the students of Lebanon High School, and the community of Lebanon: “Be there. It is going to be a new show. It is going to be a great year, we’re going to have a lot of fun and we can use all the support we can get.”

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