In Feb. 25 Issue
Every team needs a player that plays the way Kyle Burchett does. Burchett, a senior member of the Laker basketball team, is the type of player you don't want to mess with on the court.
The 6-foot, 208 lb. Burchett is a load inside against opposing teams and with his increased playing time this season, Burchett now fills a key role coming off the bench for coach Willie Feldhaus' Lakers.
Burchett is a strong rebounder with an excellent post presence who dedicated himself the previous two seasons to being the best player he could be, and it shows.
“You've got to try to improve every day, every time you set foot in the gym your goal has to be to get better,” he said. He said his summer weight lifting program also helped him to gain the strength necessary to play at this level.
“Playing basketball for Russell County has been both enjoyable and rewarding,” Burchett said.
Like most of the Laker seniors, Burchett said his most memorable experience was the upset of the the top-seeded Warren Central Dragons, 65-57, in the opening round of the 4th region tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green last season.
That game may have been the breakout performance of Burchett's career and has carried over into this season.
Following last season's defeat of the Dragons, coach Willie Feldhaus said Burchett had his best practice a day earlier and proved he was ready for some game action when Zach Carney got into foul trouble early in the game.
Burchett played with a high intensity and maximum effort that game and supplanted himself as firmly in the rotation for his senior campaign.
Burchett also had some words about the type of coach Willie Feldhaus is and what he means to the program's success.
“He gets on you every day about working hard in practice and getting better and he always says if you aren't getting better you are getting worse,” he said.
“He keeps on us to always go full speed and do things the right way and that makes us a better team.”
One big motivation for Kyle is the attendance of his parents, Terry and Karen Burchett, to every game.
“Plus, we also have good home attendance and that makes you feel confident that people want to come out and watch you,” he said.
He said he has given 100 percent while representing Russell County on the hardwood and he believes he can do the same in whatever he chooses to do when his playing days are finished.
“You can't just half try at something and be successful,” he said.