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Jackson Clark Plays Ball with Kyrie Irving

Jackson Clark `17 takes a selfie with Cleveland Cavalier, Kyrie Irving

Before the start of the NBA regular season, Jackson Clark (`17) had a chance to play basketball with Kyrie Irving, point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Clark was able to scrimmage the NBA superstar with about eight other people in Streetsboro. With a basketball trainer in common, Clark arrived for a scheduled scrimmage when Irving visited as a guest. Clark was extremely excited to meet his favorite basketball player.

They both played with and against each other in different games.  Clark briefly guarded Irving in the post, but Clark said it was difficult because it was a “true mismatch” (Clark is 5’9” and Irving is 6’3”).  At the end of the scrimmage, Clark asked Irving how to improve. Irving gave good pointers, which will help Clark’s game this upcoming season.

img_1579Looking back on his experience, Clark said, “It was surreal.  It didn’t even feel like I played with Kyrie until a few days later because I was in awe.”

Mr. David Pfundstein (`93), Dean of Student Life and Head Coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, said, “Any opportunity to play against a professional athlete is a great opportunity to see where Jackson is as a basketball player.”  Mr. Pfundstein also mentioned that it will be something Clark will always remember.

The basketball season starts when the Lancers play West Geauga on December 6. George Klonaris (`17) Manager of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, said, “Jackson Clark had a great off-season of hard work, and I know he is motivated to lead the team to great things.”

Clark is looking forward to a successful season as starting shooting guard for the Lancers.

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As Editor-in-Chief for The Lance, Kenny Kirchner (`17), strives to publish high-profile stories including “Meeting Hillary Clinton” and “Gilmour Alumni Take On High Positions in the Trump Administration.” Kirchner has co-authored and co-anchored broadcasts such as “Girls Soccer: State Champs” and "Who Should I Vote For?" He received the 2016 James V. Coakley Award and 2017 The Lance Newspaper Award for journalism. Kirchner plays baseball for Gilmour and enjoys following politics in his free time. He looks forward to attending the University of Dayton.