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JV cheerleaders showed up BIG to support Matthew Lane! #OneEagle
After close to 18 hours in surgery, doctors were able to remove a portion of Matthew's jaw bone and reconstruct it with a bone from his leg. It is believed they removed all the cancer. Matthew is in ICU and stable. Matthew will need your continued prayers and support as he recovers.
Mathew Lane is a sophomore player on the Boys Varsity and JV basketball teams. Matthew was recently diagnosed with Bone Cancer in his jaw and will be having surgery Thursday, January 12th.
On Friday, January 13th the Etowah Basketball program and ET Booth Middle School basketball program will honor Matthew at their home games. We will be taking up a collection for the family at the game and will be launching a Go Fund Me page for folks to donate. The score table will show details through the girls and boys varsity games and we will also post on social media. Other efforts are also being planned for meal deliveries, babysitting, etc.
Matthew is a very private person with a strong faith. He and his family would appreciate if we not subject Matthew and his mom to a lot of questions and comments during this time. Until he goes into the hospital, Matthew and his family want things to go on as normal. We will be sending out updates as information is provided.
Please keep the family in your prayers. We know that everyone in the Etowah basketball family will do their part to assist this wonderful family at this difficult time.
BOYS PLAY IN ROUNDBALL CLASSIC IN CHARLESTON, SC
DECEMBER 27 - 29, 2016
Christmas came early for the Lady Eagles - Celebrating and Playing at Disney World in Orlando, FL
MEET THE 2016-2017 EAGLES
Welcome to the newest segment of our website where we will introduce the next generation of Etowah Basketball
Stuart Head - Interviewed 12/13/16 at Marist HS
Stuart was a welcome addition to the basketball program in November when Etowah's football season ended in the playoffs. The 6'4 senior is a star safety on the football team and has been committed to Stanford since his junior year.
He hadn't played basketball since breaking his leg in warmups just before his first game his sophomore season but he has provided senior leadership and recently earned his first start in December on the hardwood.
He's excelling in the classroom with a 3.96 GPA but getting admitted to Stanford was no gimme for the football recruit. The application process took about 8 weeks, during which time he wrote 6 essays, took the ACT 4 times to get it up to a 30, and Stanford required him to take 3 AP classes his senior year to gain admittance. Stu visited Clemson, Notre Dame, Duke, Cal, and Stanford. His first time in California was on his visit to Stanford and he saw them defeat Notre Dame on a last second field goal and knew that was the place to continue his education and football career.
He shares his favorite movie Gran Torino with his mom.
His favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans
Favorite Player is Peyton Manning.
Favorite Team is the Atlanta Hawks
Favorite Class is Psychology
Favorite Teacher is Coach Burton
Stu cited his parents, Brenda and Nigel as his biggest influences. Brenda is a stay at home mom and Nigel is in real estate analytics for Buffalo Wild Wings.
He has an older brother, Trevor, who is a sophomore at West Georgia and younger brother, RJ, who is a freshmen at Etowah.
Stu credits teammate Lewis Simonson for pushing him to play basketball his senior year by Lewis continually, all summer long texted Stu, just "Etowah Basketball" on a nearly daily basis. Stu said a new coaching staff and a last chance to play a sport he loved also factored in.
"I felt some responsibility to the part of building a new program and I knew CJ (Senior CJ Pleasant) and I could help make the team better in practice." His goals for this season are a region championship and go someplace Etowah basketball has never gone before in the win column. I'm glad to be part of a program that will help me grow as a person."
JJ Edwards - Interviewed 12/13/16 at Marist HS
JJ Edwards is senior guard for the Eagles who excels in and out of the classroom. Just 2 weeks ago, JJ was received a Congregational nomination from US Congressman, Barry Loudermilk, for entry to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The Academy has just a 9% acceptance rate so you can imagine what an honor it is. JJ is a humble kid who truly appreciates and recognizes the honor of being nominated. He is 1 of just 10 kids to receive the nomination.
JJ started playing basketball in the 5th grade and quickly loved the sport. He went to Booth Middle and didn't make the team his 7th and 8th grade years but kept working at it. His love for basketball inspired him to keep playing and his neighbor across the street took notice. JJ said she invited him to shoot on her driveway hoop whenever he wanted. He made the team as a freshmen and played both JV and Varsity as a junior.
His favorite movie is Straight Outta Compton
Favorite Sports Movie is Coach Carter
Favorite Player is Damien Lillard
Favorite Team is Golden State Warriors
Favorite Class is Government
Favorite Teacher is Ms. Barton
JJ cites his biggest influence as his Dad who works in Computer Engineering and served in the Army for 6 years. JJ has 2 siblings, Justin, a freshmen at Etowah, and Jasmine, a 6th grader at Booth.
JJ coached the Blue Jays at Etowah's kids basketball camp this summer along with Lewis Simonson. On his impression of the future Eagles, "I was impressed with the young kids in the program and felt like there was a lot of talent coming up."
His team goal is to win a region championship and go far as possible in state. He said, "I want to build something for Etowah for the future and set the tone for the program moving forward. This team is more of family than previous years and we do more team based stuff. I feel like our relationships with coaches are really good."
Mikayla Miles - Interviewed 12/13/16
Mikayla Miles is a senior point guard and entering her third year as a Varsity Player for the Etowah Lady Eagles. As a young girl, she tried just about every sport one could imagine. It wasn't until fifth grade that Mikayla first touched a basketball and she has been playing the sport that she fell in love with ever since.
Mikayla loves to use her speed, ball handling skills, and precise floor vision to move the ball up the floor and set the pace for her teammates. She feels that when her teammates all work together, they can and will compete with anyone.
Coach Holton had the following to say about Mikayla, "Mikayla is passionate about the game of basketball and is a true competitor. She is a coach and a leader on the floor. She loves the game and her teammates. I look forward to watching her have a great finish to her senior season."
The favorite part of basketball of Mikayla's game is bringing out her competitive nature. She sets the bar high and works to exceed that for herself and her teammates. She is a player who cares more about the number of her assists she has than how many points she scores. She is so proud her team was victorious over arch rival, Woodstock High School. She loves playing with all of her teammates and will miss them when they all go away to college.
Movie: The Never Ending Story
Sports Movie: Love & Basketball
Player: Skylar Diggins
Basketball Team: UT Lady Vol's
Person she would like to meet In Person: The late, great Pat Summit
The next Tip Off Club Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 23 at 6:00pm in the Etowah New Gym
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