Southmoore’s Darrin Ryan – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By Kelsey Baucom

Southmoore junior guard Darrin Ryan has played basketball since he was around eight years old playing in the YMCA league. Ever since then he says he just fell in love with the game. Those around him make a big impact as well.

“My favorite part is the connection I have with my teammates and my coaches,” said Ryan.

Southmoore boys basketball head coach Tim Stogsdill has seen firsthand how Ryan is a team player and an all-around great person to have on the team.

“Darrin is a young man who always puts his teammates first,” said Coach Stogsdill. “Always has a smile and positive outlook on everything.”

Positivity and good character go a long way in athletics and in life. Ryan knows the importance of these attributes on and off the court.

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“I value having good character and representing my family, my teammates, coaches, and school in a positive way,” he said.

An influential person in Ryan’s life is his mother, who he has looked up to in many ways.

“My mom is my role model and she has taught me to stay confident and never give up,” he said.

Ryan says that the Sabercats may have started out their season on the wrong foot, but they have adjusted and are looking at the second half of the season with their eyes on the state tournament.

“We started off the season slow, losing our first two games but have won the majority of them since,” he said. “I hope we continue to get better as the season goes and make it to the state tournament.”

After high school Ryan plans on continuing his basketball career on a collegiate level.


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