Weatherford's Tyler Kirk – Character Counts Presented by Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Associates

By John Tranchina

Things maybe didn’t go quite so smoothly for Tyler Kirk at the beginning of last basketball season, particularly in his relationship with Weatherford coach Sam Stephens. But now in his senior year, Kirk has grown into a strong team leader and an important contributor for the Eagles.

“I think being a senior, it’s really important that you lead the team and this year, I knew I had to be a big leader for us, and that’s what I’ve been trying to accomplish,” said Kirk, a 6-foot-4 forward. “I think it’s been working out pretty good.”

So far, that is true, as Weatherford, after starting the season 0-3, went 4-2 in its next six games.

“The season for me is going pretty good, it’s probably the best I’ve ever played in high school,” Kirk said. “For the team, we started out kind of rough, we had a really tough schedule to start out with and we didn’t win that much, but we’re getting on track now.  Hopefully, we can be on a high note going into the playoffs.”

But it wasn’t always that way.

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“Tyler is playing well for us this season,” Stephens said. “Last year was my first year at Weatherford and I struggled with him with his effort and attitude. He made great strides last season and over the summer. It is showing this season. He has been one of our best players, his attitude and effort have been great for us everyday in practice and games. I’m proud of him and the turn he’s made, and it’s made him a better player and has made our team better.”

Kirk has developed into a player that the younger kids can look up to and emulate.

“I’ve been with the system a couple of years now, it’s kind of easy to lead by example,” Kirk said. “When you’re going hard in practice, you get really good results, everyone else tends to follow, and that’s kind of how I’ve been trying to lead.”

Kirk also plays football, helping Weatherford earn a playoff spot while going 7-4 this past season, as well as track (he placed fifth in the discus, helping the Eagles finish as Class 4A runners-up at the state championship meet last spring). He also participates in student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and is still weighing his collegiate options, including which sport he’ll focus on.

He likes to stay busy, but the good student always makes sure he gets his schoolwork done.

“I don’t usually have a problem at school, I keep As, I know I’ve got to study,” Kirk said. “If I don’t have an A, my parents aren’t too happy about that, so I make sure it’s a priority.”

 

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