It’s yet again time to start wrapping up one season and move on to the next. Our basketball teams this year have had many obstacles to overcome but have never stopped giving their best. View photos in the online gallery.
Varsity Boys had one senior this year, #23 Caleb Haught.
“Caleb has been involved in Randolph basketball throughout his years at Randolph. Last season (2015-2016) playing on the varsity team, Caleb was able to experience high school basketball at a high level. This season (2016-2017) Caleb has earned a starting role and also selected as one of the captains for this year’s team. Caleb has a tremendous upside to his game and has demonstrated his abilities this season. As we look to honor our senior athletes, Caleb has been a dedicated member of the program and we look forward to finishing his senior season strong.” – Coach Thomas
Caleb Haught had these thoughts on his senior year in basketball.
“The most challenging moment this season was probably losing in OT against Decatur Heritage. We had a big crowd at that game and to disappoint the fans in a game we know we should’ve won was hard.
One of the most memorable moments in my basketball career was last year when Ryan Hufford hit a buzzer beater to win the Scholars Four Tournament in the championship game. That was an awesome moment. Basketball, especially this season, has taught me that even if you are down to keep fighting because you can always make a comeback.
My advice to younger players would be to get in the weight room more and to work harder because I used to hate working out until recently I realized the importance.” – Caleb
“I think this last game against New Hope has been my favorite. Our team has had a good bit of forward momentum recently, and I’m really proud of all of us for it. We were focused the whole game, and it was truly fun to be playing with friends- especially since we won by one point.
Last year was a lot more challenging as a whole. The basketball team was struggling, both with Coach Ward getting sick and with our record itself. Coach Ward’s work ethic and toughness during the season was an inspiration.
My advice to the freshmen would be to always have a good attitude. It makes it easier for yourself mentally to work hard, but it will also lead to you being a good sport at the games. I love to give everyone a big smile as we high five the other team at the end of games. Even if I have a little rivalry with a player on the other team, I like to make it clear that it was only a game that we play just for fun. No hard feelings.” – Liddy
Coach Plott had this to say about her seniors.
Liddy Malone is a 4-year letter winner in the basketball program and was chosen by the team as a captain for this season. She has been the leading scorer for the team this year and has been a good example of a team player. She has worked consistently throughout her career on improving every area of her game and is one of the team’s most versatile players. Liddy has left a big impact on the program and we have no doubt that she will be successful in whatever path she chooses to take in the future. – Coach Plott
Julia Shoemake is also a 4-year letter winner in the program and was also chosen by her teammates as a captain for this season. She has always led by example with her desire to give everything she has on the court in both practices and games. She has always been very dedicated to the program in both the off-season and during the season. She has been a great role model to the younger players in the program and is willing to do whatever is needed in order for the team to be successful. Julia has committed to play volleyball at Birmingham Southern next year and we are very proud of her for accomplishing this goal. – Coach Plott
Senior Julia Shoemake with her thoughts on her basketball career.
“Basketball has helped me stay in shape and has helped me with my time management with my schoolwork. Playing basketball this year has taught me to be patient and to work hard every day. My advice for the younger players is to want to get better every day, and to put in the work that is necessary to get better. Don’t be lazy, because hard work truly pays off.” – Julia
Come out this Friday and cheer on our Girls and Boys Basketball teams vs. Douglas and Honor our Seniors.
JVB 5:00 | VG 6:15 | VB 7:30