Thunder Mountain senior guard John Correa provides a spark off the bench for the Falcons and their five-guard front. Correa, in his second season playing basketball at TMHS, says he values the "easy-to-fit-in" atmosphere and the fairness of the way the program is run.
"You earn your minutes based on the effort you put in and not necessarily the talent you have. So, this year we're working like 100 percent each practice, and you're rewarded with playing time."
Do you play any other sports?
"I tried out for track last year and I think I might do that again. I'm looking to play some more spring sports, and I'm definitely going to play baseball."
How do you like to spend your free time when you're not playing sports?
"I have a lot of close friends right here in my neighborhood, so I like to hang out with them. I like working with video production and going to movies. The past couple of years, I've made a few joke movies with my friends, and we've put a lot of funny stuff on YouTube. Not anything too serious."
What are your academic interests?
"Digital arts, definitely. I'm in Digital Arts 1 right now, and then next semester I'll be in enrolled in Digital Arts 2. We do a lot of stuff from Photoshop to Final Cut Pro - which is a video editing software - and a lot of animation software like this program called Maya, and also 3D animation. So there's a lot of stuff going on in there."
Is this something you think you might want to pursue in the future?
"Yeah, definitely. That's where I'm looking to go when I get out of high school.
"I'm not really sure what I want to do with it because I'm interested in all of it, so I don't want to narrow it down to one specific thing just yet. Whether it be animation, digital music or webpage design, I'm not sure what I want to do."
What are your plans for next year?
"Hopefully, going to college somewhere down in Oregon or Washington. I have a lot of family in that area. I don't have anything set yet but Oregon State sounds really nice, and I've been to Gonzaga a couple times and going there would be pretty cool."
What are your expectations for this year's boys' basketball team for the rest of the season?
"We don't quite have the talent that we did last year, but I'm hoping that we pick up more as a team. We can definitely do a lot better than we have been doing, but I'm not so focused on winning every game as I am on playing a full game. Sometimes we fall apart in the second or third quarter, so I'd like to play one full, complete game."