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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch-Zach Thompson

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Throughout the year, ScoreStream is always trying to keep a keen eye out for players who are excelling beyond their peers. In this week’s special edition of Players to Watch, we are highlighting Triopia High School’s multi-sport juggernaut, Zach Thompson. Thompson is the 5’7, 140-lb, go-to sophomore that Triopia depends on every game. In his first full season of varsity play, Thompson is playing on both sides of the football and is accumulating quite the collection of highlight tapes on the basketball court. ScoreStream connected with Thompson to ask him a few questions that the fans want to know!

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SS: How did you begin playing sports?

ZT: Well, my dad is a football and basketball coach, so I feel as if I have practically grown up around sports. I always attended his games and quickly fell in love with the energy and atmosphere surrounding the games.

SS: What players or coaches have most influenced you to be the player you are today?

ZT: The first coach that comes to mind is Coach Monroe. He was my coach in junior high, at Winchester, and he has helped me grow a lot in basketball. It meant a lot to me to play for him and he was also a ton of fun to play for.

SS: The juke move drew us to want and show you off to more fans. Is the crossover your favorite move? What is your go to method when creating a scoring opportunity?

ZT: No doubt, The Crossover! It is my favorite move when I am trying to create space and drive to the basket. If you have the ability to confidently use both hands, it becomes straight up deadly. I usually jab hard with one of my feet to see if I can get the defender to bite. If he bites on the fake, you have them and can probably take them to the hole.

SS side note- check out the amazing play that brought us to reach out to Thompson here.

SS: It’s game day, what is your go to method for getting hyped up?

ZT: My pre-game method before playing usually consists of listening to some rap on the bus. But other than that, I HAVE to wear my lucky socks! haha I guess you could say I’m a little superstitious.

SS: Any emoji that describes you and your teammates?

ZT: The emoji that describes our team is probably the laughing face emoji 😂. Our team gets along really well and we also have some pretty funny guys. It’s just an all around good time with them.

SS: Playoffs are coming up quickly. Any goals for this season and moving forward?

ZT: I really want to get to the regional championship and I believe we are more than capable of achieving that goal. When our team gets going, we are a quality basketball team. As long as everyone does their job, we can beat anyone.

 

You can follow Zach on twitter @zachthompson_3 and check out his football highlights on hudl. Don’t forget to keep up with his games, scores, and highlights on ScoreStream.

 

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ScoreStream’s Players to Watch-Kayla Lis

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Over the past year, ScoreStream has witnessed many young men and women work to transform themselves into the most skilled and prominent athletes in the country. In this year’s edition of ScoreStream’s Players to Watch, we have chosen to feature Neillsville’s outstanding Senior, Kayla Lis. Kayla is a 1-2 punch who combines an innate ability to drive to to hoop with a deadly outside shot. She has committed to playing next year for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women’s basketball team. ScoreStream has recently been in contact with Kayla and we were able to do a short Q&A with her to help connect her with her fans.

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SS-How did you originally become interested in playing basketball?

KL-My parents and my brother played basketball which is how I got interested. I’m lucky enough to have a hoop outside of my house, which allows me to shot all of the time.

SS-What player has influenced you the most in becoming the player you are today?

KL-Jenny Lindner was a big influence on me. She showed me that hard work can allow you to achieve your goals in life. As I watched her achieve many goals, I became inspired to achieve my own as well.

SS-What song gets you pumped up for competition?

KL- Thunderstruck ⚡️

SS-Any other pre-game rituals that you do to get hyped up for the game?

KL-My team and I jam out and get hyped up for the game by playing music on the bus and the locker room. As far as pregame exercises, I like to do ball handling drills in the locker room.

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You can follow Kayla on twitter @kaylalis____ and also check out her highlights on hudl. Make sure to keep up with her games this year at Neillsville High School on ScoreStream and next year as she joins the UW-La Crosse Eagles Women’s basketball team.

 

 

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ScoreStream’s Ones To Watch- Zack Pedersen

ScoreStream’s goal with Ones To Watch is to connect the high school sports fans with some of the best, most promising high school athletes in the nation. With a month of football over, ScoreStream wants to give a nod to Bloomington South Panther’s Free Safety Zack Pedersen. Pedersen is a strong Senior presence on South’s 6-0 team.

Leading deep into Conference play, Pedersen has already registered 4 times the national average of passes deflected for free safeties! We wanted to see what drives Pedersen to success, and you can see his interview here!

Want to see Zack Pedersen’s hudl highlights? Click here. You can follow all of Bloomington South’s games on their Road to State in Indiana on the free ScoreStream app and on their page here.

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SS– Who would you say contributes the most to you becoming a talented football player?

ZP– I think having good genes is very nice in the skill aspect of how a football player performs. However, I think the coaches that surround me and work with me no doubt have contributed the most to my progression as a player. From my strength coach who creates controlled chaos in the weight room, replicating the hype of a Friday night, and not letting us take any lift off … to my position coach, who happens to be the defensive coordinator. These coaches prepare my team and me the best they possibly could, giving us statistics, probabilities, formations most likely to be run, what they will do against us, and everything in between. With all this information, if studied right, it enables a person to play fast and with confidence. So if the strength and speed built in the weight room and the confidence and quickness from the mental part are combined, it allows me to be as talented as I can take it, and with my coaches’ motivation, will hopefully be very far.

SS– What drill, and please describe it if you can, do you feel right now is at the top of your daily priority list?

ZP– There are many drills during a two hour + practice, but the one I like the most and feel really helps me mentally and physically is the two-minute drill. We had switched it from the end of practice to the beginning, which just adds a lot more hype for that drill, and the drills after. I think it is at the top of my priorities because it incorporates all the smaller fundamental drills that have been worked on for so long. I also rank it high, because at the end of the day, a game is the most important thing throughout the week, and the two-minute drill is the closest thing to that and the excitement that comes along with it. We call it the two-minute drill, yet usually there are about 50 seconds on the clock and the ball may be at midfield or closer. The offense goes at a very high tempo and calls are being yelled out and people are running around like crazy, so it is a very good drill for all the players and coaches to get locked in and ready for the game, in the closest thing to a game situation.

SS– What player has influenced you the most to becoming the player you are today?

ZP– I don’t think I ever really had a player that I said I wanted to be like. I had a few favorite players like John Elway and Peyton Manning, but not a player I said I wanted to be. If I were to say I wanted to be like someone, it would have to be all the humble, honest, and hardworking players. There were a lot of players who I liked and wanted to play like in the sense of working hard, the way they interview, and overall play. However, I don’t think I could pin it down to any one player. I continue to find guys at high levels who stay humble and play hard, and those are the guys I would hope to be like.

SS– Growing up did you ever consider focusing on another sport more than football?

ZP– I started playing football about as early as one could get into a sport, so I have been through about every stage so far. Starting at the of six in flag football, transitioning to tackle ball, then finally heading to the “Friday Night Lights.” I played baseball all the way up until last year, as well as a few years of basketball sprinkled in here and there, but I don’t think it has ever crossed my mind to do anything other than football. I run track currently, and sometimes feel bad for the track coach, because even though I am committed and giving a lot of attention and time to his sport, he knows that football is what I do and if something comes up pertaining to that, football will always take priority.

SS– For the hundred-thousands of other high school football players out there, what is one lift in the weight room that is a must-do in order to set themselves apart from their competitors?

ZP– I am no strength expert, but I feel like the lift any high schooler has to put into his routine is the clean, whether that be power or hang. Bench is very good, but  have seen guys with huge arms and big bench numbers who can’t run or be explosive. Squat is also another great lift, but again I have seen kids with amazing squat numbers, and not be able to move around or explode. A lot of it also depends on form as some kids at lifting competitions squat a lot but can’t bend at all disabling them from moving very well. I do think that clean is the best main lift a person can do for football. It combines an aggressive pull with the arms and shoulders, and explosive jump or shooting of the legs, and a quick and powerful follow through leading into a front squat. I don’t think I have ever seen someone who can’t properly hang clean a good number and not move on the field. It is such an explosive movement that incorporates power and plyometrics. So if I were to start a workout routine, clean will definitely be at the top of my priorities.

SS – What artist and song gets you hyped 100% of the time just before competition? 

ZP– I listen to a variety of songs throughout the day, depending on how I’m feeling or what mindset I want to get into. I have, in a way, developed a routine though. After school whether I go home or stay in the locker room, I will usually listen to some older songs. Old songs as in DMX, old Lil Wayne, old Eminem, or just some football hype songs in general. As it gets closer to game time, though, I like to plug in my phone to the team speaker system and play some hype Christian rap songs. I play artists like Trip Lee, Lecrae, Derek Minor, KB, and Andy Mineo. At first I was thinking that there wasn’t going to be as much hype in the locker room if I played this new type of music, but I don’t think there was any drop off at all when I started playing it, and I think some guys even liked it more. That has encouraged me to play more of that type of music, plus, our coach likes it because he doesn’t have to worry about cussing or stuff of that nature.

 

Thanks again to Zack Pedersen and all of the high school athletes who dedicate a good amount of time to be successful in their sport!

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ScoreStream’s Ones To Watch- Mahkai Lee

ScoreStream’s goal with Ones To Watch is to connect the high school sports fans with some of the best, most promising high school athletes in the nation. In our inaugural edition we have interviewed Mahkai Lee. Mahkai is an incoming junior at DuPont High School in Wilmington, DE. An athletic cornerback that had a stellar sophomore season; he started 6 games and averaged 4.3 tackles per game. You can follow Mahkai on Twitter @leeisland_ and check out his highlights from last season on hudl. Follow DuPont High School on ScoreStream.

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SS– How long have you been playing football and what got you interested in playing?

ML– I’ve been playing football ever since I was 5, and I got so interested in playing football because my father talked about his favorite team the “New York Jets” all the time and it got me interested in the game, and I wanted to play it.
SS– What or who would you say contributes most to you becoming a talented football player?
ML– My father and my extended family Nolimit Hurricanes Organization and Team Delaware coached by Damon Daniels and Bo Hunter.
SS– What player has most influenced the player you are?
ML– Darrelle Revis because he came from a town just like Delaware and he wasn’t the highest recruit in the nation and his play style remind me of my own, I always loved him and looked up to him and learned new things from him. 
SS– Growing up, did you always want to be a CB or was there another position you wanted to play more?
ML– Growing up I always knew I wanted to play CB that was the first position a coach ever started me at and I already had a long body type that could go against a lot of receivers so  I fell in love with it and just kept excelling at the position.
SS– You’re a Tiger! If you got to choose your school mascot, what would it be?
ML– If I could choose any mascot it would have to be a lion just because they don’t fear anyone and they never give up and I always consider myself “lion hearted”. 
SS– The say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Are you an eggs or pancake sort of guy?
ML– I’m most definitely a pancake type of person I absolutely love pancakes and they never fail to fill me up. 

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