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Lausanne Collegiate School wins their first Basketball State Championship

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Lausanne Collegiate School Athletic Department has much to celebrate this year as the basketball team brought home their first State Championship.

Coach Kenneth White has been with the team for four years. He says that this year’s team had to face a lot of challenges this season. He also mentioned that the injury of “Bug,” one of the players, touched just about everyone on the team. Additionally, the team had key players miss weeks of competition because of injuries.

Coach White states,

I’m proud of this team because we didn’t look for excuses, our motto was “Next Man Up” and we had guys step in and contribute in ways that were unimaginable until we got everyone back healthy. I knew this team could be special this summer based on their work ethic and competitive spirit.”

It was obvious that the team hated to lose and their chemistry was off the charts. They cared about making history and bringing home the school’s first state championship.

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Cameron Payne – Tournament MVP

Cameron Payne is a need-to-know player and his talent speaks for him. He is a great kid and an unbelievable competitor. White says that Payne is a smart player and he worked on his game incessantly every offseason. As a result, Payne got better every year.

“He can shoot, pass, drive the basketball and is always around the basketball on offense or defense,” says White. Not only did he average 21 points per game, he also led the city of Memphis in assists-per-game at 9.48.

“As proud as I am of him because of all the accolades he was able to receive during his high school career, I’m more proud of the fact that he always remained coachable,” White brags. He will be moving on next year but will surely be missed. Cameron states that it was always a dream to be a champion. He tweeted “I’m a state Champ #childhoodwishes.” He is super excited as he has announced that he will be going to Murray State and is officially a Racer.

Athletic director, Troy Baker says that the ultimate goal for the entire athletic program is to help produce kids as a success in college with sports as a tool. Baker says that there are three characteristics he believes sports can bring out in players: commitment, good character, and competitiveness. He also spoke very highly of Coach Kenneth White.

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Coach White receives Coach’s Award

“I believe Coach is successful because of his overall intelligence and his ability to teach; his ability to make the right adjustments, and his general work ethic,” Baker says of Coach White.

The school has a young nucleus of rising 9th graders that they are excited about. The strength coach calls them the “Fantastic Four” (Jesse Neloms, James Babb, Camren Taylor, and Isaiah Stokes) because they are always in the weight room before and after school. The school lost four seniors, but there are younger guys on the team that have been waiting their turn and are eager to show what they can do. White says that next year, they are going to be young and some guys will have to grow up quick. “I feel like we will be very competitive and I would be very disappointed if we weren’t in the mix again next year,” White adds.

For more information about Lausanne Collegiate School, please visit their website.

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