Tim Martin/Columbia-Greene Media Sharpshooter Bryan Bathrick averaged 15 points per game and earned honorable mention recognition on the New York State Sportswriters Association Class D All-State team for boys basketball this past season.

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Q: How did you fall in love with your sport?

A: I fell in love with basketball when I was two years old. We used to have a mini hoop set up in our living room. My dad and I would play 1 on 1 for hours on end. Of course, even though he played on his knees, I would always feel accomplished when I scored. Later on, the ability to see the progress I was making by practicing hard, really hooked me into basketball even further.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as an athlete in that sport?

A: I still have not yet decided what my favorite moment has been playing basketball. At the end of this season, as well as my high school career, We played two very challenging games in Sectionals. At the end of the first game, I hit a three-pointer at the buzzer which drove the game into overtime. In overtime, we were able to tough it out and get the win. In our second game, we were down by three at the end of the game and I hit a deep three to tie the game with 17 seconds left. Apparently, I left too much time on the clock because a player on the other team came down and hit a buzzer-beater to win. This put a dagger into the end of our season. However, if I was asked to choose between the two of them, i would probably say the shot from our first game.

Q: What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?

A: I do not have one specific favorite moment as a sports fan. However, when I was growing up I used to idolize all of the Varsity basketball players at my school. I loved going to their games and supporting them during their time at the school. Watching them really made me want to succeed on the basketball team here at GCS.

Q: What athlete do you look up to the most and why?

A: The athlete that I look up to the most would have to be my dad. I have always looked up at the banner in the gym and have seen his name in the 1,000 Point Club. Throughout my entire career I strived to put my name up there alongside his.

Q: Best advice you’ve received from a coach, mentor or teammate in your sport?

A: My favorite advice that I’ve been given would have to be, “pain is a mindset” from Coach Conte. This as well as many of his other tips always made the team chuckle at first until we found ourselves in a situation in which they applied. We started realizing that these quotes weren’t just generic sayings and that they held a place in not just basketball, but life.

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