Player of the Week: Nick Wandishin

Nick Wandishin

Nick Wandishin

Nick Wandishin is a true Laker, Coach J.P. Yorkey says.
“Nick is a talented three-sport athlete, a good student, a great kid, and a super teammate,” the Lake Region varsity boys’ basketball coach said. “He is a true Laker indeed.”
In basketball, Nick is off to a fine start, his coach said.
“His work ethic in practice and his performance in games has been impressive. Nick has good skills and finishes well around the basket.  He is much tougher and stronger than people give him credit for,” Coach Yorkey said. “Nick is also a versatile defender — we can plug him in to a lot of places. At 6-foot-4 with a long reach, he is valuable, and he’s pretty fast to boot.”
Coach Yorkey added that Nick has done well with his minutes, playing his way into more court time.
“We feel that we have about eight guys that could start and Nick (‘Wando’ as he is known since we have a lot of ‘Nicks’ on the team) is one of them,” he said.
The junior forward/center brings a lot to the Laker program.
“Nick has always chipped in when we work with younger players at camps, clinics and tournaments,” Coach Yorkey said. “Nick also has a great sense of humor, which comes in handy right now because he is also a diehard New York Knicks fan.  Which, incidentally, shows another great quality: loyalty.  Again, he is a great kid and well liked by his teammates.  I’ve been impressed with the manner in which he has competed so far.”
In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Nick is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.
The Wandishin File
Name: Nick Wandishin
Year in School: Junior
Town: Casco
Parents: Betsy Mayo and Ted Wandishin
Sports you play: Baseball, basketball, football
School organizations: Varsity Club
School honors: Honor roll
Q. Best piece of advice you have received? The best piece of advice I’ve received is to not over think the simple aspects of life, just go out and have fun and do whatever you’re pursuing to the best of your abilities — my Mom.
Q. Who is your biggest fan? I would have to say my mom is my biggest fan because she is always supporting me and pushing me to be great when things are hard.
Q. I know I have had a good sports day when…I know I’ve had a good day when I leave the field or court really tired, that’s when I know I really gave it my all.
Q. What is your favorite sport? My favorite sport, as of now, is football. This is mostly due to the fact I didn’t really get to play more than a game this season after I broke my wrist.
Q. If I could change one thing about myself as an athlete, I would change… I would change my preparation before games. It always takes me a little longer to get 100% focused than my teammates.
Q. What qualities make for a good teammate? The only quality I think you always need is trust in each other as a team because you can work more efficiently together and achieve more success.
Q. What do you believe you bring to your team? I think I bring constant effort and I always try to be a good teammate.
Q. What characteristics do you feel make for a good coach? I believe good characteristics for a coach include being a great motivator, having a great knowledge of the game, and being able to get the best out of your players.

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