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Frontier star looking at a career in law enforcement

Photo courtesy of Ashley Brookover Frontier senior Shon Howell moved to New Matamoras as a sophomore and has made a major impact on the basketball court as well as on the football field.

Shon Howell

Frontier High

Year: senior

Age: 18

GPA: 2.5

Favorite subject: math

Sports: basketball, football, track, baseball

Hgt: 6-foot-5-1/2

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, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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