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ISSUE 4: Smith’s Send-Off

Steven Smith reflects on 25 years with Robinson Basketball
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Coach Steven Smith gives the team a pep talk toward the end of the game. The game stayed close, with Brandon constantly right behind Robinson. “I thought it was a great team win for the Knights. The guys played hard and it’s definitely something we can build on in the future,” Smith said.

Since 1998, Robinson has been torn down, rebuilt, refurbished and rebranded. Throughout all this, one factor has remained the same. Every winter sports season, Coach Steven Smith has led the boys basketball team to becoming better athletes, students and better young men overall. However, the ’23-’24 season was the last time he would take the court with his team.

“I’ve had some great memories, some great players, some great teams, it’s been a great 25 years. I just enjoyed every minute of it,” Smith said.

Looking back on his time at Robinson, one co-worker, a fellow coach and math teacher Joshua Saunders commends Smith’s service to his athletes and to his school. Having coached the boys basketball team with Smith for six years, Saunders knows him as an extremely hard worker, and a true knight through and through.

“I don’t think anybody cares about their individual players more. I think that’s a pretty big deal, you have to really love players, thats the key to being a good coach. His thing was always the way he cares for his players and supports the program,” Saunders said.”He really pushed his athletes and always wanted them to play hard, coach smith is just super passionate about the game and passionate about robinson basketball, anytime you have that kind of pasion you are always going to get a positive enviorment.”

Over his years as the coach, Robinson has seen a lot of incredible athletes, especially under Smith’s tutelage. Unable to choose just one player, for Smith every student he has coached has changed him in one way or another.

“I can’t really specify anyone in particular, we’ve had some good victories over the years and it’s been a lot of fun,” Smith said. “I love Robinson High School. It’s been the ultimate pleasure and joy and honor to be the head coach of the boys basketball team for the last 25 years. It’s been a great experience and it’s just time to do something different.”

Many students have heard the rumors of Smith’s departure from basketball. One of Smith’s current players Malik Williams (’25) recalls his freshmen year with Smith and his push of encouragement.

“I’ve known Coach Smith since my freshman year because I tried out for the basketball and didn’t make it sadly, but he encouraged me to keeping pushing because he saw what a great player I could become. He is very passionate about the game of basketball and he love all his players and want to push you to be the best of your capabilities,” Williams said.

Williams commended Smith of his vocal character during games, as this verbal passion for the sport has really assisted him as an athlete while trying to make calls in his head in a face-paced game environment.

“He is very passionate and very loud during games,” Williams said. “He is very vocal about whatever he needs something to be done. I’m going to miss a lot about Coach like his vocalist [abilities] on the court and his urge for the game of basketball.”

Williams expressed his gratitude of Smiths coaching and will miss his presence on the court next year.

“I’m gonna miss him a lot because he really pushed me to play hard and brought the best out of me no matter,” Williams said. “I’ve only had him for two years, but these two years have been great with him and I’m gonna really miss him being out on the court with us during the games.”

Rest assured, Smith truly does bleed black and silver, a true Robinson Knight through and through.

“I’ll still be here at Robinson supporting all the kids and athletes and just being a big Robinson guy. I’ll be here for the next 10 years,” Smith said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashlyn Miller
Ashlyn Miller, Sports Editor
Ashlyn Miller is a junior at Robinson and the Sports Editor of Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and first year as an editor. Miller's favorite part of journalism is taking photos of all of the sports at Robinson and improving her photography skills. "We don't exactly have press at Robinson so it's rewarding to me to take photos of people doing what they love," Miller said. Outside of the journalism room, Miller stays involved in school with an array of hobbies. She enjoys staying involved in school by participating in swimming, photography and orchestra. She enjoys playing the violin and loves learning new pieces. "If you're able to make the violin sound good, it's a such rewarding accomplishment for such a difficult instrument," Miller said. Miller also likes spending time with her dog in her past time. Out of cats or dogs, she instantaneously chose dogs. "I prefer dogs. I actually own a German Shepherd named Leia and she's the light of my life, but I have nothing against cats," Miller said. Prepared for the future, she plans to attend journalism school, preferably at Duke University and join their ROTC program.  Miller is passionate about media and sports although how competitive positions are. "I want to specialize in the media realm and possibly be a sports commentator for ESPN," Miller said. "I love watching, covering and even playing sports because of the environment that surrounds them and the gratification that comes with doing well." (Profile by Briana Garcia)
Juno Le
Juno Le, Editor-in-Chief
Juno Le is a senior at Robinson and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Knight Writers. This is their fourth year on staff. Chronic Mitski listener and sleep-deprived photographer, he finds his love in art. They do it all, drawing, photography and writing. They tend to sketch on digital mediums, but when given the chance, paint with acrylic. With this passion, they've developed characters for a children's book since his freshmen year, touching into nostalgic and childlike styles of "Winnie the Pooh" and other comfort books. Le is also the most popular photographer on campus, renown @hhuecaptures. Any important school event, he is there with his camera taking pictures and soon a full DM inbox asking for said pictures. His writing for the newspaper varies from section to section, though they covered their first-ever opinion story just last year. He takes the lead on plenty of stories involving anything around the school, typically fixating on sports photography. This lent a hand in Le receiving the best award one can get for a sports story for Knight Writers Vol. 62 Issue 3: "Historic Soccer Season for RHS Ends in Desoto County." "I was completely shocked to be awarded the Best of the Best Sports [Game Coverage] at FSPA last year, but I am proud of myself considering how I'd never been comfortable in writing sports in years prior," Le said. Le remains no stranger on campus with his photography and presence on the sidelines but also their club work. He is co-president of the Photography Club and founder/president of Asian Multicultural Association. A With this being his fourth and final year on staff, a veteran's work is far from over. Learning from his junior year experience, they wants to focus this year on perfecting everything for awards. He hopes to grow the staff bond and develop skills for returning staffers and new staffers. They pride the publication on its best feature, variety, and believes it can continue into this year. (Profile by Zoe Thaxton)
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