Going into Winter Break, the Acorn boys senior high basketball team currently holds a record of 11-5. With that, the Tigers have begun conference play 4-0. This season the Tigers withhold strong leadership from their senior class, including senior guard Jeremiah Swint.
Swint started playing basketball in the 1st grade. His sophomore year of high school, he joined the Acorn Tigers. "I loved the way the fans got into the games, and also their school spirit," said Swint on moving to Acorn.
On someone he looks up to, Swint noted, "I look up to my grandparents because they always made sure I had what I needed for basketball." The Tiger standout continued, "I also look up to my grandpa Rob. He taught me to love the game of basketball because has always coached and played."
As far as an impactful coach, Swint made sure to mention Coach Randy Peters of Mena. "He was my coach in junior high at Mena. He had faith in me and my abilities, and helped guide me in the right direction." Swint went on to say, "He was always a father figure to me too."
In his third year as an Acorn Tiger, Swint says his favorite memory to date was helping his team go to the State Tournament in his first year. That year the Acorn boys went 22-12.
Swint accomplished a goal of his own in his junior season. In just two years as a Tiger, the hard-working athlete reached the 1,000 point mark.
"Reaching 1,000 points in my career meant a lot to me because it was a goal I set in junior high. I watched so many high school players, and their goal was to reach that mark, so it has always been one of my biggest goals."
The two-time All-Conference player has tallied 1,205 points to this day in his career.
If you get a chance, head out to Acorn in the second half of the season and support Swint and the Tigers.