Buchanan, Grimm, Lancaster Share the Spotlight
The Tyler Star News spotlight athletes of the week for August 16, 2017 are a trio from Tyler Consolidated High School
Colby Buchanan, a three year senior football player for the Silver Knights will be looking to earn his fourth letter as an important part of this years team. Colby who has played the wideout position and defensive back in the past is a 5“10” 175 lb athlete who has multi talents. Coach Walton expects some big moments from this senior this season and said he plans on using him in at various positions and duties.
“We expect Colby will be returning some punts and maybe kickoffs, he will defiinitly play a role on our special teams. He is a hard worker and had a great attitude coming into camp. We beleieve he is multi-dimensional and we will be counting on him to fill some gaps left open by graduation,” said Coach Walton.
Buchanan said he is looking forward to the season and hopes to help the Knights improve on last years 6-4 record. He also has set some team and personal goals. He said he would like to make the playoffs and win the LKC. “I want to go out my senior year a winner and be able to look back someday and say that was the team I played on. It is my goal to also set an example for the younger kids to look up to and to make the fan, coaches and teammates proud to be a part of Tyler Consolidated,” said Buchanan.
Colby said he will also be trying his skills on the hardwood for the Knights basketball team this year. He said he hasn’t played since his freshman season but has worked hard on the outdoor court this year to sharpen his game. Come spring time Colby will be back at his favorite sports as the baseball season rolls around and he takes up his roll as team catcher, a position he has held down the past couple years. He says he enjoys baseball and was extremely proud of this past se4ason as the Knights won over 20 games and had success in the post season.
His goal is to help the team win their conference and get to the state tournament.
In the class room Colby is an honor student and has plans upon graduation of entering college .
Cora Grimm, a junior volleyball player for the Silver Knights is coming into her own as an outstanding athlete at TCHS. She has been with the Knights volleyball program since her freshman year and has shown great improvement over that period of time . With no seniors on this years squad, Grimm looks to be one of the leaders. Her serve has become more accurate and has the velosity to make it hard to return. She also plays a good floor game and gets in on the harsd to get plays.
“We expect some good things to come from Cora, she has been working real hard and has an excellent attitude. She works well with the younger kids to try and make them better as well. No one on this team wants to win and do well any more than she does. We are happy to have her we’re expecting a lot from her this year, ” coach Summers stated.
Grimm also excells in basketball where she has shown steady improvement for coach Cathy Boggs club the past couple years. She is a hustler, who plays good defense and can knock down a basket when needed. She also excells in the classroom where she is an honor student.
“I work hard because I want to play and I want TCHS to be the best team we can be. As a team I want us to win our conference and make it to charleston for the state volleyball tournament.
Emily Lancaster, is another junior volleyball standout who is an all-around good athlete with excellent jumping ability and good speed. She is entering her third straight year as a Knights volleyball player and looks to be an important clog in the mix of things. Her leaping ability makes her a threat at the net, where she is a solid hitter and has improved tremendously on her timing.
“Emily played some club ball this summer and it has really lifted her game to the next level, she is deceiving as a hitter and can change directions which makes her hard to defend, we like her attitude and he work ethic is as good as we’ve seen. We are hoping for a breakout year for her, “said coach Summers.
Lancaster also is the type of player who isn’t afraid to hit the floor to get the hard to reach balls, she will be used up front and in the back row and her passing is becoming better as the season comes near. Look for her to step up her game and help the Knights to another great year of volleyball.
When it come to Knights sports, Emily is no stranger in the spring when track season rolls around. This past year she was a standout pole vaulter and long jumper, while also making it to Charleston in the relays. She has the ability to get back to the state meet in 3-4 events and to be a medalist in everything she competes in. Keep and eye on her especially in the pole vault.
She is a good student who makes the honor role and is starting to make plans for her future. She says she is unsure of what she want s to become but is considering college in a coulpe years.
Good Luck to all three of these fine young athletes as they embark on another year of the high school sports experience.