Matthews Hoops His Way Through Senior Year

Jayla Shepherd, Staff Writer

Dariane Matthews is a senior who has attended West Carrollton Schools for the past eight years. He is involved in varsity football, basketball, track, and Culture Club. Matthews is being showcased as our athlete of the issue because of his outstanding integrity, leadership, and athleticism.

Matthews is captain of the varsity basketball team. Head Coach Tony Clemens described Matthews as “Role model for younger players in our program.” Matthews’ favorite part of playing basketball is playing harder and better than his opponents.

He believes this sport comes with a lot of running. He knows his toughest opponent is no one except himself, because he sometimes doubts himself. Matthews thinks he’s a big procrastinator, he tends to push things off because they usually don’t interest him.

During his free time he likes to dance, dribble a tennis ball, watch anime, and (of course) play basketball. Mathews future plans include seeking a college education and playing basketball in college.

On the court, Matthews’ athleticism definitely shows. He is currently the leading scorer on the team. Matthews is averaging 12.5 points a game with 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assist. Mathews has started in 11 out of 14 games. His pregame ritual includes praying before every game because he believes God will always help.  

His teammates had nothing but good things to say about him. Senior Jayden Evans had this to say about teammate “A very talented guy and playing with him these past four years have been great. We’ve built a bond that’s almost unbreakable on and off the court. He is a amazing teammate and brother.”

Matthews had great advice to the underclassmen saying “Build good relationships with your teachers, please do your homework, and surround yourself around the right people.” Senior night for Matthews and his teammates is at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. Make sure you swing by to cheerfor the 2018 seniors!