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Caldwell’s Teagan Thompson – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Strnad Land and Cattle

By Chris Cox

Caldwell senior Teagan Thompson grew up in a basketball family and says he’s played basketball ever since he could dribble. 

“I’ve grown up watching my cousins play,” he says. “They inspired me to play basketball and be a great athlete.” 

Watching his cousins in Missouri, Thompson says the pace of the game is one thing that really caught his attention from a young age.

“The game itself is different from every other sport, I feel like,” he says. “It’s a face paced game. There are no real breaks other than timeouts or halftime. There’s also just an art behind it. You can do so much with it and be however good you want to be. You just have to put in the work.”

Coming off a state tournament appearance last season, Thompson says getting back to state is a goal his team has set for this season.

“We want to go win a state tournament,” he says. “We know what it takes to get there. It takes hard work and determination. Beyond that, as a team, we want to win all the tournaments we are going to play in.”

Individually, Thompson says he wants to score over 300 points this season and get close to the 1,000-point threshold. Ultimately, Thompson said individual accolades don’t matter to him. Winning a state championship does. Thompson said that has been his main focus of his preparation for this season.

“I’ve watched film from the past years to see what I can do to improve myself and communicate with my teammates better,” he says. “I have a basketball goal outside my house, and I try to go shoot as much as I can. I just try to keep a ball in my hands so I can be comfortable with it during the season.”

Outside of basketball, Thompson is a pitcher and utility player on the Caldwell baseball team and a member of the Bluejays track team. He is also involved in FCA, FCCLA, NHS, and scholar’s bowl. Following his graduation in the spring, Teagan says his plans are still up in the air
a bit.

“I am still undecided,” he says. “I don’t know if I want to pursue athletics and go to college or go straight to work and be a lineman.”

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