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Salina Central’s Ethan Waters – Athlete Spotlight Presented By American Family Insurance, Jeff Wells

By Hayden Swope

Ethan Waters of Salina Central was chosen as the American Family Insurance Athlete of the Month. Waters was named all-county honorable mention as a junior. 

“It means a lot to me personally,” Waters said. “It helps me thank everyone who’s helped me get to where I am today. It also helps me gain confidence in myself to go out there every night and ball out.”

Waters has spent the offseason preparing and training with his teammates working on his abilities on both sides of the ball. 

“I’ve been preparing for this upcoming season by being in the gym or with just a ball in my hands,” Waters said. “My teammate Dylan Drane and I would often work out or shoot around together. This season I really have been wanting to get more aggressive on both sides of the court to help boost my teammates and help boost myself. Here for me it’s all about confidence.”

With both personal and team goals on his mind, Waters has been working to accomplish as much as he can before the end of the season. 

“Some goals this season are to hit 1,000 career points and I want our team to be a dominant team on defense,” Waters said. “The offense will come for our team but defensively we need to be the cream of the crop.”

A close game against a rival school turned out to be a favorite, not just for Waters, but for all of the Mustangs as well. 

“My favorite basketball memory was when we played Campus on the road and the atmosphere was electric,” Waters said. “We were down by one with ten seconds left and I tipped the pass up to Kenyon, which led to Kenyon getting fouled and icing the game with two free throws. That was the most fun I’ve had playing in a game because of that atmosphere.”

Waters plans to further his education at Kansas University after high school. 

“My future plans are to attend Kansas University to go to med school to lead myself into becoming a pediatrician.” Waters said.

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