Story By: Alexandra Rivera

With basketball season just starting, a little later than usual, Trey Thompson puts his best effort into his playing in the second game of the season.

     “I’ve been playing basketball since I was three years old and made varsity at Reagan when I was a sophomore,” Thompson said. “It means so much to me and has always been a huge part of my life.”  

     During a tight game against Northside team Round Rock, Thompson added many points to the board, contributing to Reagan’s victory of 59-56.

     “It feels great being on varsity,” Thompson said. “There’s definitely some pressure that goes with it, but I don’t let it get to me while I’m playing.” 

     Along with Thompson, Jackson Adams works hard for the varsity team and commits to being the best he can be so they all can succeed.

     “It’s fun playing for a 6A school that competes at the highest level of basketball,” Adams said. “There’s so much excitement that goes into playing and having a good time with your teammates.”

     Adams scored many 3-pointers against Round Rock, showing his experience in the sport and assistance in the team’s comeback.

     “Basketball is something I’ve played for almost my whole life. It’s meant everything to me ever since I was young,” Adams said. “It’s what I love spending my time doing every day.” 

     As well as the boys’ teams, the varsity Lady Rattlers also started this season off on a high.

     “A lot of effort went into preseason this year since we all wanted to do so well,” Samantha Wagner said. “We did everything we could to get ready, and it ended up paying off.”

     Wagner began the season scoring a career single-game record of 30 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists while playing against Holmes.

     “To start off doing so well felt really cool and set me up in the team,” Wagner said. “At the end of the day it’s just a single person’s points, though, and what matters most is winning together as a team.”