|Dickson is both Eagle and Wildcat|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 18, 2005 - When senior Derek Dickson is not working on classes at Sulphur Springs High School, he is actively involved as an Eagle Scout, in the Key Club and as a Texas Scholar.
"My leadership helps me out a lot because of me learning the Path of the Eagle and teaching them what to do on the court and helping to bring it out on the court and telling people what they are doing wrong," Dickson said.
Derek is one of nine seniors on the Wildcat basketball team this season, coming off of the bench for coach Steve Glover at either the small forward or shooting guard position.
"I just come off the bench and help do what I need to do to help the team and don't make mistakes and play hard and play with my heart," Dickson said. "I have been working on my defense and just hustling and going for loose balls and taking charges for the team, because last year I had like 20 charges during the season on JV and I started out this year with seven before I got hurt."
Derek, the son of Ben and Jeanie Dickson, said he has plans to go to Tyler Junior College and become a radiologist once he graduates college.
In 13 games this season for the Wildcats, Dickson is averaging 2.7 points per game, one rebound, 0.4 assists and 0.7 steals after missing several games with an injury.
"Derek is our charge master and it was ironic that when he got hurt it wasn't on a charge, but on a lay-up, and he came down wrong on the play," Glover said.
Dickson said the injury was tough for him to deal with early in the season, and every time he gets on the court he is going to give 100 percent to help the team in every way that he can.
"The injury was bad but I had to overcome that and one game coach asked me if I was hurt and I kept saying 'No,' but it was hurting. I wanted to stay in the game, but coach knows what is best for me," Dickson said.
Basketball is the only sport that Derek is involved in at SSHS, and he said the start of the season has been tough because every game is the last one for this class of seniors, and they need to give 100 percent for the remainder of the season to hopefully contend for a playoff position.
"It has been frustrating being a senior because we will not be coming back next year and we won't have another chance to play for this team, but all we can do is just give it 100 percent and if we do that, we are not going to be disappointed because that is all that we can do."
The Wildcats continue district play tonight at Mount Pleasant looking for their first district win after losing to Paris, 56-47, Friday night in Paris. Dickson believes this team can contend in a tough district with Paris, North Lamar, Texas High, Greenville and Mount Pleasant.
"I hope that we just look forward and not look at the game that we lost in district because this is just one loss and we have nine more games," he explained. "If we come out and play the way that we did against Paris and hit our free throws and shoot better and play smarter, I think we will be a good team in district."