The Proudest Grandad Ever – a newspaper article from December 2017.

Words cannot tell how much I love my grandkids. Every single one of them are so different but each is just as special as the other.

I cannot wait for us to gather later this month to take our first picture together with all 10 of them. (We finally got the portrait made with all the grandkids and us – even got it hung – Nov 2018)

This link is to a article in the Austin American Newspaper

What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Burnet?

Being invited by (Bulldogs) coach (Doug) Messer to join the varsity basketball team in time for the playoffs during my freshman season. We made it all the way to state regionals by beating several good teams along the way.

What do you remember about the first time you played organized basketball?

The first time I played organized basketball was with the Upwards League in Burnet. We had only practiced a couple of times, and I was not completely sure about all the rules about basketball. All I knew was that I wanted the ball, and I ended up tackling a boy in my grade.

Has basketball taught you any lessons you apply to daily life?

It has taught me to be a leader on and off the court. I have always tried to be kind and helpful to everyone I meet.

Do you have a favorite bonding experience with your team?

Last year we went Christmas caroling in ugly Christmas sweaters here in Burnet. It was freezing cold, but all the players had a lot of fun doing it.

What’s the best part of going to a small school?

Getting to know everyone that goes to my school and being friends no matter what activity they might participate in.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Steph Curry, Diana Taurasi, Kevin Love and my grandad Ronnie Lewis, when he was younger.

Why did you choose a younger version of your grandfather?

I picked my grandad when he was younger because he has so many wild stories to tell about when he was in his 20s and 30s. I know dinner would be a great adventure. He even has his own book called the “Angora Chronicles.” He comes to almost every game no matter where it is or how far they have to travel.

If you had the choice of being all-state in basketball or valedictorian of your senior class, which would you choose?

I would choose all-state because basketball has always been my passion and that would be an amazing honor to have.

What’s the best advice anyone has given to you?

The best advice was given to me by my mentor, coach Marlene Dixon. She would always say that I need to play for God and not for anyone else.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I plan to attend college — I’m not sure where that might be — and play basketball while working towards becoming a coach and a mathematics teacher.

Which school do you consider to be your biggest rival?

At Burnet, our biggest rival will always be Liberty Hill. Ever since I can remember, they have been our main rival in every sport.

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