Sanders
Sanders
By JEFF KOLB

@Jeff_Kolb

Scoring 1,000 career points is a special accomplishment - especially if the man holding the whiteboard inside of your team huddle is your dad.

That's the scenario Cumberland Valley Christian point guard Josh Sanders faces - needing only seven points Tuesday at Grace Academy to push his career total into quadruple digits.

But the coach's son has his mind far from the milestone.

"I don't look too much into individual stuff," Sanders said. "I'd rather see the team do better and work on that."

Blazers coach Mike Sanders has respected his son's desire to downplay the record chase.

"Josh is very low key. He didn't even know how close he was (to 1,000 points) until after Friday night," said Mike Sanders of Josh - who scored 13 points to help CVC beat Shalom Christian at home last Friday, 59-55.

In addition to beating Shalom - a game in which Sanders led the Blazers with nine assists - the junior chipped in 21 points during a 71-44 victory over New Covenant last Tuesday. The wins made the Blazers (5-6) victorious in three of their last four games - a nice turnaround from a 2-4 start - making Sanders deserving of P.O. Male Athlete of the Week honors.

Sanders' performances encapsulate his capability to help the Blazers however they need him most - a style of play reminiscent of his NBA idol, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.

"We didn't need a lot of scoring from me against Shalom," Josh said. "I was just dishing it out and (my teammates) were hitting everything. When the team's on fire like that, I don't have to take on the role of being the scorer.


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"I've coached him since he was 4 years old, and it's great to see him be a leader on the court and help his teammates," Mike Sanders said, "and to see him take charge when we need to get a bucket - he can do both."

Unlike some stories of father-son relationships in sports that have broken down, Josh's play and mentality have both prospered under his dad's guidance.

"Sometimes it's difficult, but a lot of times it's fun," Josh said. "There are lots of memories - I wouldn't ask for any other coach. We get to be together a lot more with practice every night and games."

As the coach's son, Josh's teammates often look to him as a second coach - offering confirmation on what to do or where to be on any given play. Despite his junior status, Josh has been a member of the varsity at CVC since he was in eighth grade, when Mike became the team's coach.

Coach Sanders - the senior pastor at the Open Door Church in addition to his role at the end of the CVC bench - believes the leadership his son showcases on the court bodes well for the rest of his future.

"As a dad I think these skills will carry into adult life," he said.

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Jeff Kolb can be reached at 262-4819 or jkolb@publicopinionnews.com.

Josh Sanders, CV Christian

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point guard

Grade: Junior

Parents: Mike and Terri Sanders

Interests: Xbox, specifically NBA 2k12.

Surprising fact: He has played on the CVC varsity since the eighth grade.

Favorite pro team: Los Angeles Lakers

Pro athlete most admired: Kobe Bryant

Most influential person in athletic career: His dad.

Statistics: Sanders averaged 17 points last week - scoring 21 points in CVC's win over New Covenant, and 13 in a 4-point win over rival Shalom Christian at home For the season, he is averaging 14.5 points per game (159 total points).