Athlete spotlight on Nic Lough |

Athlete spotlight on Nic Lough

Nic Lough would have liked to finish his high school basketball career with one more victory, but the Roaring Fork power forward/center can’t be too upset with how his senior season turned out.

The Rams claimed their second straight district and regional crowns advanced to the finals of this year’s Class 3A state tournament before falling to Denver Christian in the title game.

Lough averaged more than 18 points per game this season, including 24 points per contest in the regional and state playoff rounds.

Despite his success on the court, Lough doesn’t plan to continue his basketball career after high school. Instead he has opted to enroll in paramedic/emergency medical technician school in Denver.

If his cool play on the court is any indication, he should have no problem with the pressure situations involved in working as an EMT. And, if there is an EMT basketball team, Lough’s smooth jump shot would undoubtedly be a welcome addition.

Name: Nic Lough

Nickname: Nictorious

School, year: Roaring Fork High School, senior

Sport: basketball

Position(s): center/power forward

Most memorable moment of high school sports career so far: 2005 Class 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament. We did better than we have in a long time. It was a lot of fun and playing in the tournament, and we made a lot of memories.

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan. He was the best athlete of all time, and he also never did anything to damage his image. He was a good sportsman and a good role model.

Favorite band/musician: Breaking Benjamin

Most inspirational person: My father, Brent Lough. He is the hardest working person I’ve ever met. He is also a very caring, very wise man and is a great provider for our family.

What do you do in your free time? I try to relax, because there isn’t much (free time) for me.

What is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? go to Lake Powell, get my future set.

Plans after high school: attend paramedic/EMT school in Denver

Tell us one thing people might not know about you: I’m extremely sensitive.

A quote from basketball coach Roger Walters: “Nic is a great athlete, but, more important than that, he is an even better person. He is the type of kid you want your own child to be like.”

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