Change of Seasons: Page is multi-sport athlete for Wildcats

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 17, 2008 - Sulphur Springs senior Kaylon Page has seen playoff atmosphere with the Wildcats football team this year, is currently dealing with a tough stretch in the basketball season and is setting his sights on the upcoming track and field season.

Page was a member of the bi-district football team that won a district championship this year, is currently a post player for the 14-11 Wildcats basketball team and is looking for a return trip to the regional track and field meet in the high jump this year.

"I played baseball my freshman and sophomore year and I have played football, basketball and ran track all four years of high school," Page said. "The coaches were talking last year about trying to see if I could break the school record in the high jump this year, but I don't know about all of that. I hope to do really good in track this year."

In 14 games this season, Page has scored 16 points, to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and one assist for the Wildcats, and said he doesn't mind the playing time he has gotten this season.

"If the guys are all out there and they are taking care of business then it doesn't bother me," the senior said. "But if they are out there and they are not giving their all, then I would definitely want to be out there. I know that they are working their hardest, so I don't feel any regret about not being out there."

With the Wildcats 11-2 start to the season and their current stretch of four straight losses and nine of their last 12 games, the Wildcats are currently looking up in the district standings at 0-2 with eight games remaining after losses to Mount Pleasant last Friday night and Lindale Tuesday night.

Page said he believes the Wildcats will bounce back in their next two games at Wildcat Gym against Paris and Texas High as the team probably needs to go 6-2 in the final eight games for a shot at the playoffs.

"It has been tough losing because losing is never easy, but we have played a whole bunch of good teams," Page said. "I think we have gotten better as a team since we have started this season. As we put things together, nothing but good things will come for the remainder of the year.

"I think we can do it and we have seen North Lamar once this year and we know we can beat them twice," he said in regards to the 6-2 finish to the season. "We played Lindale on Tuesday and we should have beaten them. We have seen Mount Pleasant and we know what we need to do if we ever want to beat them. I think 6-2 is a reasonable goal for us coming into the last eight games of the season."

One of the goals he would like for the basketball season is to get a taste of what Class 4A playoff basketball is like after seeing what it was like in football.

"I want to get into the playoffs because it has been a long time since Sulphur Springs has made the playoffs," he said. "I think that would make my season if we got into the playoffs."

Page is the son of Sherry Page and Quon Clayton and the youngest of three as older stepbrother Keenan Clayton is at the University of Oklahoma, while older sister Rhyannion is attending Stephen F. Austin State University.

He said he will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to study architectural science in hopes of becoming an architect.

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