HEN­DER­SON

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

“We’ve had some hard times, and we’ve had some good times, but af­ter 27 years, I’ve learned that you have to coach everybody dif­fer­ently,” Curry said. “I’m ex­tremely proud that Quar­tez didn’t quit. He’s had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to do that. He’s been pos­i­tive and he’s stayed at it. I’m proud of Quar­tez for see­ing what he’s got to do and get­ting it done. We’ve got some re­ally good teach­ers here who have re­ally helped him out, but there comes a time where you’ve got to help your­self. Quar­tez re­ally stepped up to the plate and did that.”

Hen­der­son said he used his bro­ken wrist to­ward the end of his se- nior bas­ket­ball sea­son as “a learn­ing tool.” That’s when he said he be­came even more se­ri­ous in the class­room, and he also took the ini­tia­tive to send out film to col­leges in hopes they would give him a chance to con­tinue his athletic ca­reer.

“I got in­vited (to Lind­sey Wil­son) for a visit,” Hen­der­son said. “They thought highly of me. I told them I’d sign with them and they of­fered.

“It’s a nice school. I like it up there. The coaches are re­ally good. I like the at­mos­phere. It’s not city-like. It’s a Cen­tre-type city. That’s pretty good com­ing from a small town and go­ing to a medium-sized town. I just feel like it’s a fit for me.” Hen­der­son said he’s thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity, and he’s thank­ful to ev­ery­one within the Chero­kee County High School com­mu­nity who helped him earn it.

“The Graves fam­ily, the Lock­ridge fam­ily, the Ed­wards fam­ily, there’s a lot of re­ally good fam­i­lies in Chero­kee County,” he said. “They just mo­ti­vated me, sup­ported me, and had faith in me that I could do good things, and I ap­pre­ci­ate that. I’m go­ing to con­tinue to try and do great things.”

“I think once he gets up there, once he gets set­tled in, it’s go­ing to be a good fit,” Curry said. “We’ve had a lot of kids from Chero­kee County go to the next level, and we’re so proud of them, but what I re­ally like to hear are their ac­com­plish­ments. It doesn’t have to be on the foot­ball field. I like to hear ‘I made a B on my test’ or ‘I made an A in sci­ence.’ It’s awe­some when you get to hear what th­ese kids who played here are do­ing and how they’re fur­ther­ing their life.”

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