Athlete of the Week: Ross Fauquier
On Feb. 1, Lackawanna Trail’s Ross Fauquier scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Lions to a 47-38 win over Mountain View. He also had 10 points in a 45-43 win over Susquehanna on Jan. 30, and scored 15 points, including the game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining in a 57-56 win at Riverside on Monday, Jan. 27.Fauquier has 241 points this season and has been one of the main contributors to the Lions’ strong start to the second half.For his accomplishments, Fauquier has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown : Junior, 17, Nicholson.
Family : Jason, father; Linda, mother; and Cali, sister, 13.
Other sports I play : Football
Athletes I admire : “Derek Jeter because I’ve always watched him when grandpa really got me into baseball.”
Favorite Movie : “Olympus Has Fallen”
Favorite TV show : “The Walking Dead”
Favorite Band : Backstreet Boys
Favorite Food : Pasta
One word to describe me : Persevering
Biggest Role Model : “My grandpa. He’s really making me more determined in things, pushes me to do my best and is always supportive.”
Post-graduation plans : “I want to go to Penn State Main Campus and study criminal psychology. I’d also like to play basketball after high school.”
Superstitions or rituals : “Once we go into locker room the whole team has a dance competition to relieve the tension.”
What was your main goal for the team and individually for this season? “For the team, we wanted to win the league, that’s the number one goal. From there, win districts and who knows from there. But individual it’s just always getting better.”
What was it like coming into the season playing for a new coach and learning a new system? “It was a little different of a transition because most of us only had one coach before. We had to learn a new system but I think we did pretty well. Coach (Jason Nese) has been putting in the hours and getting us to where we needed to be.”
What was it like hitting the game winner against Riverside? “It wouldn’t have happened if Tyler (Rzucidlo) didn’t give me a perfect pass. It’s something else most people don’t get to experience. It was just a great feeling.”
What have been some of the keys to your success offensively? “We like to take our time. I know we wanted to run early on but in league play we slowed down and set up an offense.”
“We don’t really look for hard shots. Layups and short jumpers have been key.”
What are your goals moving forward? “Keep working on the little things. Coach preaches that it’s the little things that win games and we’re really focused on that and getting better everyday.”
What has been your favorite part of being on the team? “We came together a lot the past couple years. We’ve been a team but haven’t been as close as we were like this year.”
“I’ve developed good friendships and it’s awesome that we’ve become more of a family than a team.”