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Nick Tawney balances sports, academics and friends while playing basketball

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During the game against Ponderosa, Jan. 23, Nick Tawney plays offense. Photo by Alianna Aviles.

During the game against Ponderosa, Jan. 23, Nick Tawney plays offense. Photo by Alianna Aviles.

During the game against Ponderosa, Jan. 23, Nick Tawney plays offense. Photo by Alianna Aviles.

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After coming from a season of football and being rewarded as a “MVP,” Nick Tawney is a nonstop athlete striving to balance his new step of a high school career by managing his time wisely for his academic studies.

Starting his next sport of his freshman year, basketball, Tawney plans to apply the same effort for basketball as he did in football.

Malik Williams, Tawney’s teammate, says that Tawney is one of the best teammates he has seen in all of his basketball.

“Nick Tawney is one of those kids that pushes himself to the maximum to get where he needs to be,” Malik Williams said.

Not only does Tawney work hard on the court, but he also works hard off the court by helping coaches and building relationships with his teammates.

“A major thing that contributes to being on a high school sports team is getting to experience new memories and building friendships,” Tawney said.

While building friendships may be fun, Tawney also focuses on balancing his busy schedule with his academics. Practices for Tawney range from one and a half to two hours long, three times a week, while his games are twice a week.

“On days that I have practice, I go home to study and do homework, but if there is a day that I have no homework, I plan to hang with my friends,” Tawney said.

Tawney dedicates one to two hours of homework after school before and after practice as well as his games.

Even though Tawney may be a freshman, he plans to continue his passion to become a distinguished athlete and carry out his basketball career to varsity.

Tawney said, “To plan for varsity in my upcoming years, I’m challenging myself to train and work as hard as I can achieve my lifelong goal as a basketball player, which is playing for varsity basketball.”

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