Throughout the 2018-19 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every week highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is West Shore Christian basketball player Andrew Spaan.
In a 2-1 stretch last week for the Bobcats, Spaan tallied 81 points: 23 in a win against New Covenant Christian, 19 in a loss to Conestoga Christian and 39 in a win over Covenant Christian.
The sophomore currently has 59 made 3s out of 163 attempts (36.3%), 66-of-117 (56.5%) from 2-point range and is averaging 23.1 ppg for the season. He is on track to make 100 3s for the season.
Q: What do you think has led to your individual success so far this season?
A: This year is my second year starting varsity at West Shore Christian Academy and I feel more confident because of my freshman experience. We graduated eight seniors last year and I knew I was going to have to step up offensively and defensively to help the team. Our new head coach Andy Simpson has been very supportive and encouraging to me and the whole team.
Q: Is there anything you’ve changed up this season?
A: I’ve improved my ability to drive to the basket, which makes me a threat from both outside the arc and in the paint.
Q: What has led to success for the team?
A: We dedicated this season to Elijah Lehman, a junior starter on the basketball team, who passed away in a car accident two weeks before the season started. Every game we go out and play hard for Elijah.
Q: Any goals for you or the team?
A: My hope for our team is that we will continue to improve each game. This is a building year and I am excited to grow with the program.
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Q: Do you have any superstitions?
A: After a loss, my mom gets me a Dr. Pepper.
Q: Any pre-game music you like to listen to?
A: For pre-game music I will listen to softer music and rest my eyes before warmups start.
Q: Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? Why?
A: Rams for sure. I don’t want Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of basketball?
A: I like to watch movies, play video games and, most importantly, play with my dog.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would like to pitch in the MLB because baseball is actually my favorite and best sport.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: I have been blessed with great coaches and teachers, but my father has been supporting me in both basketball and baseball for my entire athletic career. He spends a lot of time helping me achieve my goals, whether it be rebounding for me or catching my bullpens.