Senior * Wilmington Friends * boys basketball
THE WEEK: Scored 16 points in a 53-42 victory over Tatnall on Friday, and scored 13 points in an 84-36 victory over St. Thomas More on Wednesday. Also was named third-team All-State in football as a kicker last week.
THE GAME: A conference game against Tatnall (1-2) was close throughout, but the third quarter proved to be the game-changer. “In the third quarter, we played well defensively and didn’t let them score too much, and then we had a great offensive run which kept the lead to 10 or 12,” said Carney.
THE SEASON: The Quakers are off to a 4-0 start and will face Archmere on Wednesday. “We feel real good about this season,” said the senior captain. “We’ve only had four games, still a long way to go, but the key is getting better every practice, every week and every game.” Carney watched Archmere suffer a one-point loss against St. Andrew’s on Saturday and was impressed with the Auks. “Archmere is a good team … It just shows every game matters and we just have to have that mentality no matter who we’re playing.”
IMPROVEMENT: Carney has been on the varsity basketball team since he was a sophomore. “I’ve always been more of the shooter, and I want to develop more of a shot off the dribble and getting to the hole more,” said the 6-foot guard.
COACH SAYS: Coach Brian Fahey has known Carney for several years, and even taught him in fifth grade. He said Sam is the same guy he’s always known, and that’s a good thing. “He’s really been a good leader this year keeping everyone involved and plays great defense and has really worked hard on being a complete player, not just a shooter,” Fahey said.
TRANSITION: Carney finished his high school football career a month ago, with a 23-21 victory over Tower Hill, and quickly had to switch gears into basketball mode. “The first week is really the toughest one because of the condition you have to be in – in terms of running,” said Carney.
THE VERSATILITY: Carney plays a sport in each academic season. Along with football and basketball, Carney also will play lacrosse in the spring. “I always say that I like the sport the most that’s in season, so right now it’s basketball. But a couple weeks ago it was football,” he said.
THE CLASSROOM: “My favorite subject is math. I think numbers just come easier to me than deciphering a poem,” said Carney.
THE FUTURE: Carney is applying to big schools down south, but he is extremely hopeful that he can sport Carolina Blue next fall. “My first choice school is actually University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It’s real tough to get into, but I might as well try,” he said. “I’ll definitely play club, but I’m not going anywhere on a scholarship. But I would be interested in trying to walk-on in any sport.”
POLITICS: Although Sam wants nothing to do with politics in the future, his father, Rep. John Carney, serves as Delaware’s representative in the U.S. House.
GAMETIME: A game of HORSE between father and son, who takes the victory? “Hands down, I win – easy,” Sam Carney said with a smile.
— Gianna Banner