Multi-Sport Athlete: Nash prepares for long basketball season, then track season
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 25, 2007 - Being the only boy of six children can be tough on anyone, but for Wildcat senior Daymon Nash it is an everyday occurrence.

"I grew up with two and then I had two sisters that spent the weekends with us and then I have a new edition sister that is like eight-or-nine months old," the senior said. "It was pretty tough since I was the only boy most of the time."

Daymon is a multi-sport athlete in basketball and track and said working on the two sports helps him prepare for the upcoming track season.

"In a way it gets hard but in another way it's not hard. Basketball lasts about five months and track is like five meets every weekend," Nash said. "It helps me get ready and gets me in shape and puts me ahead of the other people that don't do any sports until track season comes around."

Nash runs the 110-meter hurdles and said he has a special goal that he is working for this season.

"I want to get the track record in the 110 hurdles and make it to regional and progress on to state in the 110 hurdles," he said.

Currently, Nash is a member of the Wildcats basketball team that has a 16-6 overall record and 1-3 mark in District 11-4A, where they sit in fifth place after a tough loss to the Texas High Tigers on Tuesday night.

Even with the loss, Nash said this season is one of the more memorable seasons as a varsity player.

"I really enjoy this season a lot and I enjoy playing under coach (Rusty) Harden," he said. "He is a good coach and I think this is the best season that I have had so far on the varsity level."

Nash, the son of Damon and Kim Nash, is averaging about one point and one rebound in 15 games this year, and said he hopes to get more playing time during the remainder of the season.

He said the members of this team know how to take care of each other during the games better than in years past and the teamwork is something special this season.

"We do come together as a team and take care of each other. We help each other out and I really enjoy the team," he said. "I think we have a great shot of making it to the playoffs if we work hard and do good for the rest of the games."

"It has been good with these seniors because we know that we are in our last year of playing together. We try to be there for each other and we hope that we can finish out the season good."

He said with only six games remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats need to work on certain areas during the remainder of the year to put them in a situation to be one of the top three teams in district.

"We have to stop turning the ball over and take good shots. We have to stop throwing up bad shots and work hard in practice," he said. "We need to be on top of our game and make sure we stay on them on defense."

Nash plans on going to the University of North Texas or Kilgore Junior College to run track and become a dentist.

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