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QEA point guard chooses Tulane
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Basketball has been a part of Quality
Education Academy's (QEA) Senior
point guard Renathan Ona Embo's life
since he was 3 years old. He has given
his commitment to attend Tulane
University in the fall and play basketball
for the Green Wave.
The 6-foot-5-inch combo guard
helped lead QEA to a 20-5 record this
season while showcasing his talents on
the offensive and defensive side of the
His long arms and wide wingspan
coupled with his quickness allows him to
cover smaller guards. His height and size
allow him to match up with stronger
guards and forwards as well.
Ona Embo was bom in Paris, France,
and was raised in Marne-la-Vallee,
which is right outside of Paris. He came
to the United States three years ago and
stated that he has wanted to play college
basketball ever since.
"QEA has been a learning experience
for me," Ona Embo said. "Being here
has made me mature and grow as a play
Ray, as he is affectionately called,
said he grew up watching his father and
his siblings play basketball and that
made him fall in love with the game. He
said that ever since he stepped foot on
American soil, he has wanted to compete
against the best.
Ona Embo, who just concluded his
first season at QEA, previously played
basketball at Balboa City in San Diego,
Cajifomia. He said he enjoyed his time
at QEA and was most fond of the bond
he built with his teammates and time he
spent with them.
"Ray was a joy to coach and his bas
ketball I.Q. is off the charts," said QEA
head coach Isaac Pitts. "You don't find
many guys 6-foot-5 who have that type
of athleticism and can dominate on the
offensive and defensive side of the ball.
He can shoot, pass and he rarely turns the
ball over, so he is a complete player. I
expect him to go to Tulane and start right
Ona Embo stated he is excited about
his transition to college and is ready to
compete Day One on the court. He said
he looks to learn as much as he can as
quickly as possible. He said he chose to
attend Tulane over schools like Old
Dominion because after his visit and
speaking with the coaching staif, he felt
very comfortable, and the opportunity to
start as a freshman was very enticing.
Ona Embo has high expectations for
his career at Tulane.
"I just want to get better and become
a very complete player," he said.
With his play-making ability and
defensive prowess, the sky's the limit for
QEA 's Renathan Ona Embo is a talented
point guard eho expects to start immediately
this fall as a freshman at Tulane University.
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
I The runners of Next Level Track Club look to improve reaction time by practicing their start.
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
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To compete in the sport of track and field, one must possess the physical raw talent
to run, jump or throw. To excel in track and field, an athlete must obtain the technique,
form and work ethic to take him or her to the next level.
The Next Level Track Club of Winston-Salem, head coached by Buddy Hayes, is a
track and field club that competes in age group competitions while also providing tuto
rial and social skills education for young people.
It advocates that they are not a "win at all cost" track club, but instead believe all
of its athletes are outstanding and cater to their specific needs.
"The greatest satisfaction I get is seeing the kids accomplish and achieve their
goals," Hayes said. "When you see them put their heart into things and see them reach
that goal, it gives me the greatest satisfaction."
Hayes said he retired horn track and field in 2004 because of health reasons and was
asked to come and be an adviser to the track club that year. He later became head coach
and has remained in that capacity since then,
He emphasized the track club does not just focus on athletics, but also mentoring
and tutoring, too.
See Youth Track on B2
Photo by Timothy Ramiey
The girls were
lighting it up
Memory of young basketball
player lives; family and
friends honor athlete
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The loss of a loved one can be difficult to overcome,
especially if it's your child. The memory of Celeste
Burgess continues to live on three years after her death.
The Burgess family held the second annual Celeste
Burgess Memorial Banquet last Friday at the Enterprise
Center, in her honor, along with the Memorial Basketball
Celeste Burgess was an up-and-coming basketball star
in the Winston-Salem area. At the age of 14 she had
already garnered attention from top Division I basketball
At 6 feet, she was versatile enough to literally play all
positions on the court. Her untimely death came as she
was headed to a basketball camp in Auburn, Alabama, in
June 2013. The vehicle she was riding in was hit head on
by a car that crossed into the vehicle's lane. Burgess was
later pronounced dead.
After her death, her family started the Celeste Burgess
O.N.E. Foundation to give back to members of the com
munity as well as keep her memory alive. The banquet
was also a fundraising effort for the foundation to go
toward scholarships that it will provide to local teens
seeking to further their education.
"We always want to remember her life and desires to
play the game of basketball," said Allen Burgess, Celeste's
father. "We want to help the community come together.
See Memory on fcJ