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'Winner's Mentality'


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THE numbers definitely don’t tell the whole story about Columbus North senior guard Sawyer Glick, The Republic Basketball Athlete of the Year.

Unless, of course, you look at the team’s 23-2 record.

That added up to team success, the first sectional championship in 16 years and a No. 2 ranking in the state during the season.

North basketball coach Jason Speer did a succinct job at describing why Glick earned the honor as the area’s top player.

“Sawyer has a winner’s mentality to do what is needed at any given time during a basketball game,” Speer said. “He was just willing to do what it took.”

 

Doing what it took this past season meant that Glick had to do more than just score points.

“Last year, I think some people probably thought I was just a 3-point shooter,” he said. “This year, I was focused on my all-around game.”

While the 6-foot-4 Glick didn’t put up eye-popping numbers in any one statistical category, taken as a whole, his production was impressive.

He averaged 13.0 points per game, 4.1 rebounds a game and 2.3 assists per game. He, by far, led the Bulldogs with 56 steals; and he shot 43.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Perhaps more than anything, Glick came to the rescue when North struggled.

“I think any basketball player, when he sees his team is struggling, tries to do something to pick everyone up,” he said.

Glick did more than try. He carried the team on his back at certain moments.

“Sawyer did a tremendous job leading our effort this year,” Speer said. “From our standpoint, I know he always was at the top of everybody else’s scouting report. He was unstoppable.”

Glick said he had those special moments only because his team was so deep and talented.

“With the team we had, no opposing coach could take us all away,” he said. “If their game plan was to stop our post presence, then that left our perimeter players open.”

When opponents collapsed on post players Tori Jackson, Josh Speidel and Elliott Welmer, Glick and fellow guard Evan Henry made them pay. It was successful combination until North dropped a 69-54 decision to Franklin Central in a regional game in which the Bull Dogs fired a collective dud.

“It really hurt a lot,” Glick said. “But I played varsity here two years; and, obviously, we accomplished a lot of things, such as winning a sectional title for North and the town of Columbus. It meant a lot to all of us.

“I think I played well for what we wanted to do as a team, the style of basketball we played.”

Now Speer hopes he will get a chance to play basketball in college.

“I hope so,” Glick said. “I am going to take a couple of visits.”

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