Cameron Lewis: Lake Forest High School’s triple-threat

FELTON – Many high school student-athletes play one sport, and spend the rest of the school year focusing on school work and maintaining a social life.

A smaller portion of students balance school work while playing two sports.

But for Lake Forest High School senior Cameron Lewis, it’s a constant, year-round balance between school work, athletics and a social life.

Cameron plays not one, not two, but three sports at Lake Forest.

In the fall, Lewis spends his time in the trenches as a two-way starter for the Spartans’ football program. The team captain played three years as tight end on offense and outside linebacker on the defensive side of the ball.

Lewis played both sides of the football for the Spartans (The Journal/Ben Heck).

While the Lake Forest Spartans’ football team – coming off a Henlopen South division title in 2015 – didn’t have the season they had hoped for, Lewis managed to snag First Team All-Conference for offense and Second Team All-Conference for defense.

He also served as a leader for some of the less-experienced players on the team.

“He was one of the only returning starters,” Lake Forest Athletic Director and head varsity football coach Fred Johnson said. “Cameron was a good leader for our young football team. He came to practice every day, he played hard and he never quit. He led by example at practice and in games. This year was the first time he had to experience losing on the football field but he didn’t quit, he always gave his best effort.”

A 2-8 record is always tough to get through for competitive athletes, but despite the losing season Cameron felt he performed well as an individual player.

“It didn’t go the way we would’ve liked it to from a team perspective,” Lewis said of his team’s season. “But for me personally, I thought I performed well. So being able to perform well at least gave me a little bit of gratitude.”

Varsity basketball head coach Michael Starkey says Cameron “seems more comfortable/confident in his role as our team’s best player.” (Special to The Journal/Lafayette Bell Sr.).

Once the Battle of the Bell match-up with rival Milford was in the books on Nov. 11, Lewis set his sights on competing for a state title as leader of head coach Michael Starkey’s varsity basketball squad.

As Lewis was recording his final catch and making his last tackle as a high school football player, the basketball team officially began practice for the winter season. Lewis was forced to make a quick and smooth transition, turning his cleats in for basketball sneakers.

Lake’s first scrimmage, against St. Marks, came on Nov. 18, barely a week after Lewis’ high school football career wrapped up.

Although it may have appeared that Lewis was all-in on football during the fall, based on his high level of play on the field, he was quietly using some of his weekend free time to be sure he was fully prepared for basketball season.

“I just kept playing during football season,” Lewis said when asked how he prepared for basketball season. “On the weekends, and sometimes during the day, I just tried to get some work in and keep my game up.”

“Cam spent a lot of time lifting and getting stronger in the off-season,” Starkey said. “He also worked hard improving himself as a basketball player by participating in open gyms, Summer League, team camp and individual workouts.”

The winter season is especially busy for the young student-athlete.

On Wednesdays when there isn’t a basketball game to be played, he’s traveling with the indoor track team to its weekly meet in Wicomico County, Maryland.

Lewis only needs to attend two more indoor track meets this winter in order to qualify for states this spring (Special to The Journal/Lafayette Bell Sr.).

He’ll make the one hour and 15 minute-long bus trip with the team and compete in the shot put and discus competitions. His goal for the winter is to attend enough indoor track meets to qualify for states in the spring.

He’s just two track meets short of qualifying.

Lewis spends one or two days a week practicing for track, while the rest of his time during the winter is spent working on his basketball game and helping his teammates get better.

“Cam is not a very vocal leader,” Starkey said. “But he influences our team by his level of play. When Cam is going hard, you can see all of our other players raise their level of play as well. Cam quietly leads by taking care of the little details expected of each player – good grades, proper behavior in school, showing up early for practice, staying after practice to work on free throws, etc.”

Lewis hopes his team’s 43-38 win over Milford last Thursday can boost the Spartans’ confidence as they prepare for a busy January schedule.

While Cameron claims basketball is his top sport, it’s actually football that he could end up playing at the next level. He’s spoken with a few college football coaches already, and could know more by the time basketball season wraps up a few months from now.

Whether he plays at the next level or not, Cameron Lewis has left his athletic mark on Lake Forest High School over the last four years.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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