Frontier star looking at a career in law enforcement
Favorite subject: math
Sports: basketball, football, track, baseball
Other activities/club: FFA
College: Hocking College
Major: criminal justice and law enforcement
Family: Travis and Shawna Howell (father and mother), Richie Howell (brother)
Question: What’s your favorite sport?
Answer: Basketball. I’ve been playing the game since the third grade. My mom got me started.
I didn’t play football last fall, but I was wide receiver the year before.
After the basketball season, I’m going to play baseball for Coach (Kurt) Satterfield.
Q: What position?
A: They’re going to be looking at me as a pitcher.
Q: Getting back to basketball, are you a four-year letter winner?
A: Oh, no. We used to live in Monroe County but then my family moved to New Matamoras when I was sophomore. I didn’t play that year, so after this season, I’ll be a two-year varsity letterman in basketball at Frontier.
Q: Have you always been a frontcourt player?
A: (Laughs) When I played in the eighth grade, I was 5-8 and a point guard. But then I had a growth spurt when I was a freshman.
Q: Can you dunk it?
A: I can, but I haven’t this year.
Q: It gets pretty rough down there in the paint, doesn’t it?
A: (Laughs) That it does.
Q: The Cougars tip off sectional play tonight (Tuesday) at Malvern. What’s the mood of the team?
A: We’re ready. We’re optimistic, and we want to be strong with high intensity.
Q: Do you know what you’re averaging this season on the court?
A: I think it’s a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Q: Any basketball career highlights that you’d like to share?
A: Well, I had a pretty good game (19 points, 22 rebounds) against Buckeye Trail, but we lost in double overtime. I also had a pretty good game against Beallsville.
Also, we played at the Q in Cleveland this season. That was pretty neat. It was weird, though, because it was really bright on the court. (Laughs) That court’s a lot bigger than ours.
Q: Are the Cavs your favorite team?
A: Oh, yeah. I like LeBron. In college, I like North Carolina, because that’s who dad roots for.
Q: Do you think you’d like to play college basketball?
A: Oh, yes. I’m looking at Hocking College. I know it’s a different level of competition, but I like a challenge.
Q: Who has had an impact on your prep sports career?
A: My mom and Mrs. (Ashley) Brookover, who’s helped me a lot with my school work here at Frontier.
Q: What do you do off the court? Any hobbies?
A: Mostly, it’s just playing basketball. But I also like to work with my dad, who works on cars.
Q: Would you like to add anything?
A: Just that I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, family, and friends for helping me be a better person.
Ron Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org