The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team had a great season in 2015-16, helped out by the efforts of Taylor Schildroth, who entered just his second season at the high school level at the time.

The Eagles had a 17-1 regular season record and took home the gold ball for the first time since 2003 after a run in the post-season.

GSA lost four players to graduation from last year’s team, but are geared up for another run at that Class C Title, considered one of the best squads in the region.

Schildroth not only excels on the court, but also has helped the Eagles on the soccer pitch and baseball diamond over the past few years.  The hard work in getting better at all his athletic endeavors is something that GSA Head Coach Dwayne Carter admires about the junior.

“[Schildroth’s] number one love is basketball.  He says that he’s better at baseball than soccer and he always has high expectations for himself, no matter what he does.  He’s always pushing himself to be the best he can be.  Everyone needs to learn from that, you can be great at everything if you put a lot of time and commitment in,” said Carter.

The focus for Schildroth now turns to basketball as the junior looks to add more hardware to the school’s trophy case.  The athlete hopes to eventually play basketball collegiately after falling in love with the sport early on.

“I started playing AAU in fourth grade,” said Schildroth, “we would travel to these huge gyms and as I expanded [the team] started going down to Florida; being around all of that really made me fall in love with [basketball].  We would go to gyms and Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] was there and we were playing these kids who were going to Kentucky and it was just fun.”

Schildroth has two full seasons remaining at the high school level and is hoping to repeat the success from a year ago.

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