Tim Schenk, Glenelg Country, Basketball

Q &A --

March 07, 2007|By [GLENN GRAHAM] | [GLENN GRAHAM],Sun Reporter

In his first season on varsity, Glenelg Country School sophomore guard Tim Schenk averaged 13 points per game. He scored a season-high 25 points in the Dragons' 52-50 win over Annapolis Area Christian School that gave the program its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference title Feb. 23. The Dragons trailed by four points with less than two minutes to play when Schenk hit back-to-back three-pointers to give them the lead. He sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds. Schenk finished the season with a school record 94 three-pointers and shot 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. Schenk, who plays Amateur Athletic Union basketball, played varsity lacrosse last spring as a freshman, but plans to focus exclusively on basketball.

What were the closing minutes like in the championship game?

My dad and I will go to the gym a lot and shoot around. He'll feed me a bunch of jump shots, and then at the end we'll shoot free throws. The last two, he'll go, "This is to win a championship." So when I was at the free-throw line, I was just thinking of that and was able to hit them both.

How much fun was it winning a championship and also being the hero in the game?

It really didn't sink in until Saturday night. I was at the movies, and I thought, "Wow, we just won a championship." It just kind of hit me right there. It was pretty fun, crazy. I was getting calls congratulating me and everything -- it was awesome.

Hitting six three-pointers in the title game, what's the feeling like when you're in such a good shooting groove?

You can't even describe it. It's like you're in a zone that you can't think about anything else. You don't even think about missing. You just shoot, and everything goes in.

Why is basketball your favorite sport?

I just love playing it. It's where I get all my energy, and it's where I feel good about myself. I think it's just because I practice so much and feel like it's my best sport. It gets me going. I like watching it, playing it, talking about it -- I love everything about basketball.

What did you learn from your first season on varsity?

I can always improve. My coach told me I was one of the most improved players this year. I know I can keep improving and, hopefully, I can play in college one day.

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