Third year starter, Cesar Chavez of the Eagle Point Fighting Eagles, reached a new plateau this year in his career at the High School. League officials named Chavez player of the year for the southern Oregon hybrid conference.
Chavez, a native of Mexico, moved to Eagle Point when he was but four years old. After a brief stint playing soccer, he was introduced to basketball, and immediately fell in love with the game. Since his introduction to the sport, he has not wavered from that attraction.
During this, his junior year, he says he averaged between 10 and 15 points per game. In a loss to South Medford on their home court, Chavez dropped in a cool 30 points, accounting for a large percentage of the Eagle points.
Chavez’ style is aggressive. He constantly drives to the basket, often drawing fouls and spending a good portion of his time at the line. He and fellow point guard Jorge Quintero are a one-two punch that will be pestering southern Oregon defenses for another year as they both have one more year of eligibility. Quintero was one of three Eagles named to the first team all-star squad. The others, Kyle Zerger and David Barber, joined two Ashland players on the squad. With just two teams in the official league, the official league record was 3-0 and overall, they finished with a respectable 15-10 season mark, which nearly included a home-court win against South Medford.
The Eagles made the playoffs and came up with an 11-point win over Springfield, then dropped a tough one to West Albany who played with a couple of 6-ft 8 in inside men and a healthy crew that Chavez says played tough.
During the off-season, Chavez plays on what he calls the Traveling Team. That group plays every Saturday and Sunday, courts permitting, until the next season begins in late 2013. This year, he has been named to Medford Mail Tribune all star team.
Cesar Chavez is a very active young man who needs something to keep him on the move and basketball fills the bill.
In addition to the boys making the all star team, two of the girl’s team also earned honors as first team. Casie Johnson and Adrienne Wood received honors along with three Ashland players. Sydney May of the Eagles was player of the year for the conference.