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Paul VI links with Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to put on basketball clinic

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Paul VI links with Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to put on basketball clinic

The PVI boys basketball program is a national powerhouse on the court that believes in assisting the community off of it.

For the last six years, head coach Glenn Farello and his Paul VI team have collaborated with the people of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to facilitate the Northern Cheyenne Basketball Clinic (NCBC). As the focus is more than just hoops, each year Farello and others from PVI travel to the Montana reservation to help run the clinic designed to improve access to community service programs, including Tribal Wellness, Youth Leadership Development and Suicide Prevention.

While sharing stories of some of his favorite moments on the reservation, Farello alluded to PVI and the people of the Northern Cheyenne having formed a familial bond.

“They’re so welcoming,” said Farello. “They invited us into their homes and we really enjoyed that. Basketball brings us all together.”

At its core, the NCBC is designed to promote growth and development in all participants. PVI views their involvement as a cultural exchange; for as much as they give to the Northern Cheyenne in relation to promoting healthy lifestyles, they receive as much by way of the teachings of the tribe.

“We learn so much from our interactions with the Northern Cheyenne,” said PVI assistant coach Curtis Symonds. “I’m so thankful that we’ve built this relationship. It’s beneficial for their student athletes as well as ours. I hope it continues to grow.”

With a goal of expansion, Farello and Symonds began working with Lame Deer High School athletic director August “Tiger” Scalpcane with hopes of bringing Northern Cheyenne student athletes on a visit to the DMV. In late October, that goal became a reality when Scalpcane and four of his girls basketball players, Jordan Moon, Asia Two Moons, Destynee Two Moons and Mishayne Bearchum, made the trip.

“I feel this is beneficial for the young ladies to see what's off the reservation,” said Scalpcane. “Many of our student athletes haven’t had opportunities such as this, so it’s important for them to see all the opportunities they have off the reservation -- jobs, schooling -- and to see how the athletes off the reservation work together.”

While here, the young ladies of the Northern Cheyenne were able to practice with the PVI girls team, tour the nation’s capital and spend time at the Wizards and Mystics basketball facilities. The experience broadened their horizons while exceeding expectations.

“Traveling down the streets of Washington and Virginia, it felt like I was in a movie because I never expected myself to ever be this far away from home,” said Destynee Two Moons. “I was just living my best life.”

“It’s a really good experience because very few Native Americans get to come and see stuff like we’re seeing,” said Jordan Moon. “I’m just taking it all in because this is probably once in a lifetime for me.”

The clinic began in 2011 when then University of Maryland graduate students Joseph Kunkel and Alick Dearie led a summer-term design studio workshop at the Northern Cheyenne reservation for UMD’s school of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

All parties involve hope to continue to expand the NCBC to provide more opportunities for student athletes to travel.

Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from Archbishop Carroll senior track and field student-athlete Jordyn Johnson.

Walking into 2020, I had different notions about my senior year. Starting and finishing my indoor season with great numbers I expected my outdoor season to be a phenomenal way to end my high school career. With the wins I was accumulating, I made first-team All-Met and finished my season ranked in the top 10 nationally in the triple jump but missing out on the New Balance Indoor Nationals and a chance to compete and challenge the best the country has to offer.

Knowing that my outdoor season has been stripped away, it's traumatic because I was looking forward to competing at Mt. SAC relays in California, Penn relays, our WCAC conference championship and our outdoor state championship. The suspension has affected me not only from improving my numbers but it has caused major setbacks in training.

It’s overwhelming when you know all the things you worked hard for is being stripped away within a heartbeat. Not only is it taking away my last track meets in high school but it has caused a delay in my prom and graduation. Something I have been waiting for my entire life.

To deal with this devastating news I have consumed myself with my school work, FaceTime, movies, TikToks with family, going on runs in my neighborhood, and focusing on getting ready for my freshman season of college track at Delaware State.

READ MORE FROM HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HERE.

 

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Caleb Williams, the 5-star quarterback out of Gonzaga College High School, dropped his final five of college options last Monday: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

According to Caleb’s father, Carl Williams, they plan to make a final decision about which program he'll attend before the new school year starts. They want Caleb to be able to enjoy his senior season and focus on recruiting other student athletes to come with him wherever he chooses to go.

I had a conversation with Caleb to find out what stood out to him about each of these programs and why they made the cut.

When I think of Penn State, I think, “We Are.” Happy Valley has an amazing football community steeped in tradition. Why are you potentially interested in playing for Coach [James] Franklin?

Other than the 110K fans they have each week -- I’ve known Coach Franklin since freshman year, and I’ve known a few of the other coaches on staff since before then, so it’s all about relationship building.

Beyond that, their fans are great. I went to the Blue/White game, and they were just as loud as if it were a real game and they were playing Michigan or Ohio State.

In considering the [Clemson] Tigers, not only do they offer the “ALL IN” championship culture, but also the potential of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, who dances and goes out of his way to connect with student athletes. What attracts you to Clemson?

Like you said, Coach Dabo… he’s a mature kid. He’s awesome [laughs]. He’s awesome and he’s really genuine. He’s a Christian man, and you can’t really beat that.

He doesn’t consider what he’s doing “work.” He loves going in and doing what he’s supposed to do in life. 

LSU is the defending National Champion -- so they have that in their favor -- and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow starred at quarterback with the Tigers. Last season’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady has left for the NFL, though. Why are you still considering LSU?

Coach O [Ed Orgeron]. He kind of makes you want to run through a brick wall at times. On game day, when you have that juice running through you, there’s not much anybody else can do to you. When you have love for the game [individually] and are willing to run through a brick wall, you should be unstoppable. 

And their fans… if you haven’t been to an LSU game, you need to go. They say some things I can’t say on social media, but it’s an awesome experience. You’ll laugh and have a great time.

What coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do with quarterbacks at Oklahoma is unheard of. Every year they have a Heisman candidate at QB putting up huge numbers. How do you see yourself fitting into that Boomer Sooner system?

If you look at the last four years or so, I believe I can do just about anything Kyler [Murray], Baker [Mayfield] or [Jalen] Hurts have done either physically or mentally. And if you look at the history of Oklahoma football -- they’ve produced hall of famers both at the NFL and college level. Also, with Coach Riley being who he is; an awesome family man and awesome coach, you can’t really beat that.

The University of Maryland makes your top five, and the DMV community is going nuts over that. Coach [Mike] Locksley is building something special. [Wide receiver] Rakim Jarret is attempting to lead the next “Stay Home Movement.” If you choose the Terps, it’ll blow the roof off this thing.

I’ve known coach Locksley and coach Scottie Montgomery for years now. I’ve known coach Scottie since he was at Duke with coach [David] Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s coach, and I’ve known coach Locksley since he was at Alabama when they were recruiting me.

Over time, they’ve continued to recruit me and now that coach Locksley is back home, Maryland is on the list.

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