Faces Off the Field: Caleb Golden, sophomore guard, Cedar Ridge


What’s your favorite memory of playing basketball for Cedar Ridge?

My first win during my freshman season on the varsity team. I still remember the game-winning shot against Copperas Cove in our very first game of the season. We won 61-60 at home.

How far can this team go if it plays to its potential?

With our versatility and defense, I believe we can potentially make a deep playoff run. I believe that our team could make it to at least the third round of the state playoffs.

Why is Cedar Ridge so good at almost every sport?

Our sports program sets the bar of a winning mentality, and we have great coaches in every sport as well as great individual talent in every sport we have here.

Do you have a favorite bonding experience with your team?

It happened after our first playoff win last season (77-64 over Bowie). That was the moment we all came together as brothers in a celebratory way as it was the first playoff win in Cedar Ridge’s basketball history.

How much effort do you put into academics?

Academics has always been No. 1 in my family, and I take it extremely seriously. I take a lot of pride in being in the top percentile of the class of 2020 at Cedar Ridge.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

Why did you choose MJ?

Because he excels at my favorite sport. Not only that, he’s s a great business man, and I would love to have a chance to pick his brain.

If you had the choice of being all-state in basketball or valedictorian of your senior class, which would you choose?

Definitely valedictorian because you get into the top schools of your own choice in most cases. Not only that, you also have better opportunities to earn scholarships and internships. That gives you a better chance to make a positive impact on your community.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

My dad has always told me that you miss every shot that you don’t take.

What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate, I hope to play professional basketball and/or become an entrepreneur.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before every game, I pray and listen to music while I’m stretching.

— Rick Cantu



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