Feb 5, 2015 7:24 PM by Ross Field
This week's Scholar Athlete leads Oroville on the court and in the classroom. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
Taner Dubie says, "being an athlete helps me in school because it reaches you how to work hard, to work together and to keep going until you reach all your goals."
Oroville's Taner Dubie looks at basketball as he does life. The more you practice and plan, the more prepared you'll be to face challenges along the way. The Tigers forward has done a good job of following this motto. Standing six-feet tall, he's an undersized "big," but what he lacks in height he tries to make up for with heart and hustle.
"I just go out there and hustle as much as I can get up and down the court, box out, try to help them out by getting boards," said Dubie. "It's pretty nice to know that they put me in there when they need someone to work hard."
With Dubie doing the dirty work down low, and players like Kahliel Wyatt and Eric Laster handling the scoring duties, Oroville is in the midst of a solid year. They're 18-3 overall and 5-0 in the BVL. But Dubie says they have much more to accomplish this season.
"Our goals are to end league in first place, get some home playoff games, work good together and do what we know we can do, win a section title and put Oroville back on the map," said Dubie.
Dubie's working hard in the classroom as well, sporting a 4.58 unweighted GPA.
He says when he was younger, a popular toy gave him an idea of what education he'd like to pursue in college.
"I've liked building stuff for a long time, I used legos when I was younger," said Dubie. "Eventually I want to go to a four-year university and major in engineering."
Dubie says UC Davis is the top choice on his list of colleges, but he's still got plenty of time to make a decision.
With practice and preparation, he's already come this far, so one would have to think the future looks just as bright.
Oroville's Taner Dubie is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.