LAPWAI, ID — Freshman, and Prep Athlete of the Week is two sets of words you don’t often hear in the same sentence but when you pour in 23 points in a district championship to lock up a spot in state, it’s more than deserving.
Lapwai Basketball’s Titus Yearout is this week’s P1FCU “Prep Athlete of the Week.”
It’s a spot the Lapwai Wildcats have seen time and time again, the district championship game.
"It was a tough game, it was our championship game, so we came into that game, we were thinking it's gonna be a tough game,” said Yearout.
But for freshman Titus Yearout, it was his first. But if you’d check the box score you’d think he’d been there every time.
"I came through, got some hand wounds, got some buckets,” Yearout said.
Yearout had a game high 23 points, yeah, as a freshman.
"All the people on my team are seniors, so I'm always competing against competition that's making me better every game,” Yearout said.
Titus and his go to guy, and interestingly enough first cousin Payton Sobotta took it over down the stretch.
"Got into that mindset that we aren't going to lose cause I was going to do anything we had to do to not lose that game,” said Yearout.
But he said the road doesn’t end in districts.
"It's been a pretty good season so far. I'm just. I'm excited for state cause that's where it all matters right there,” he explained.
He knows when you put on that Columbia and white colored jersey, there’s an expectation to win state each year.
"Over the years, so many people got banners, but just to bring a banner as a freshman to my hometown, that would be great,” said Yearout.
Titus said he’s just proud to represent his team and town but come Thursday, the Ambrose Archers are just another pit stop to the ultimate goal.
"Overall, we're going to go down there, take care of business, and come back with that banner,” said Yearout.
Titus said his goal is to go four-for-four during his time at Lapwai. If Lapwai can win the next few games, he’ll bring home his first to his hometown. The road to that banner starts Thursday night in Caldwell against Ambrose.