Kase Spears is already having quite the senior year. The Salado point guard has helped the Eagles build a perfect 8-0 record in District 22-2A and climb to No. 18 in the TABC Class 2A poll. Spears was also recently honored as a first-team wide receiver on the All-District 13-2A team following his only varsity season on the gridiron. With the Eagles flying high and season goals in sight, Spears and his teammates are looking to finish strong as the most important games of the season draw near.
How many sports do you play?
I play three different sports. I play football, basketball and golf.
How long have you been on varsity for each of those sports?
For golf, I’ve been on varsity for four years. For basketball, three years, and football, I was on varsity for one year. I didn’t get to play my junior year due to an injury.
What was your injury?
I tore my labrum.
How’d that happen?
I was actually playing a pickup game of basketball during athletics one day, and I got shoved into the wall under the goal, and I guess I just landed awkward and tore my labrum.
That’s an intense pickup game, huh?
Yes (laughing). It was with some football players, so it got a little rough.
Was there an adjustment at all in football? It doesn’t really seem like it.
We had some really good coaches this year, and we had some older guys come in. (Former Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin receiver) Houston Tuminello helped me out a lot, gave me a lot of coaching, and I definitely wouldn’t have been near as good as I was had it not been for his coaching.
What is it like to be in basketball and you’re still getting accolades for football?
It’s really an honor just getting those accolades and, really, you’ve just got to give those back to your team because I wouldn’t be there without the coaching or the team. It’s tremendous.
Which sport do you consider your primary?
I always thought I was better at basketball and then it comes golf season and I’ve probably gotten the best accolades I have in golf. But then in football this year I ended up getting all-state as well. It’s hard to say. And I couldn’t tell you which one is my favorite either, they’re all fun.
Have you guys ever been undefeated this far in district play in your three years on the basketball team?
No, we haven’t. We weren’t too great my sophomore year, and we were in the 3A district, so that was kind of tough. And then last year, of course, we had our two losses to Jarrell. So, this year beating Jarrell, that’s the furthest I’ve been undefeated.
I know you guys expected to do well this season, but did you expect to do this well?
Going into the season, we don’t really think about that stuff – being 8-0 and stuff like that – and it’s great once you start rolling. And we just hope that we can roll that into the playoffs. And it’s just great team chemistry. Like last night against Lexington, we played our second team. I don’t know, I think starters played for like five or six minutes that game. So, it’s nice just knowing that there’s no letdown. They’re still there, and we’ve just got to keep our focus, we’ve talked about that. You go through these blowouts and you start getting a big head, but we realize you can’t do that, and we just try to keep a level head and keep focused in this district and not give up a game.
What is it like being the floor general for this team?
It makes it a lot easier with my teammates. I’ll create for them, but the thing is they’re shooters and they’re finishers. Once you get them the ball, you’re going to probably get that assist as long as I just create a little bit of space. So, they make me look really good.
What kind of goals do you guys still have for this season, and do they feel any closer now with the hot start?
Our goal is definitely to make it back to the regional tournament for sure, and we’re hoping to go further than that. That’s a little far ahead right now. We’re still in district play, so we’re just focusing it one game at a time – especially on Jarrell coming up – and just making sure we get that district championship first.
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