Michael Boshears has helped the Brownstown Central boys basketball team win 17 or more games each of the past three years.
Along the way, he also has helped the team win sectional and conference titles, a holiday tournament trophy and received most valuable player, assists and shooting awards.
He says the reason the team has been successful is because of how hard the boys on the team work and the coaches that lead them.
Boshears played junior varsity ball his freshman year before splitting time between JV and varsity as a sophomore.
He has worked as a varsity starter the past two seasons.
“One of my main goals is to drive the ball, and if I don’t have my own shot, I can get it to someone else for an open shot,” Boshears said.
The guard said he enjoys shooting 3-pointers from out front.
“I prefer it more on the top of the key than the corner,” he said. “I would rather play against man-to-man. With the way I play, it’s easier to drive. It opens more opportunities.”
Boshears’ high-point games this season were 24 against Mitchell and 22 against North Harrison. During his junior year, he scored 34 against Jennings County and 32 versus Bedford North Lawrence.
He enjoys playing man on the defensive end and said his career highlight game came his sophomore year when he helped the Braves top Salem for the sectional championship.
Boshears said he likes the atmosphere of playing at home and visiting a variety of gyms.
“The community comes together. It’s pretty exciting,” he said. “I also like playing at Seymour. Everyone just gets into it, both teams. It makes it fun. It’s pretty fun playing at Charlestown, too. It’s a newer gym.”
Boshears sprained an ankle during a practice in early January and missed the Trinity Lutheran game, but he said he is fully recovered.
The senior believes that practice makes perfect.
“Practice is really important,” Boshears said. “A lot of the muscle memory that comes with it is huge, and getting the chemistry of playing with everyone is important, and the individual part of getting better every night, the conditioning, there is a lot that goes into it to get you ready.”
Boshears said athletes need to keep a positive outlook in sports.
“The mental part does come into play. If you don’t believe in yourself, you’re not going to be able to do it, and you have to believe that other people will do it for you. You can’t do it all yourself,” he said. “If you can believe in other people doing it as well as yourself, you’ll be a better team player and your team will be better off and other people will be more positive and believe in you more.”
Boshears has enjoyed being a student at BCHS.
“I’ve enjoyed being friends with everyone,” Boshears said. “Everyone is treated equally. I’ve had way too many good memories to remember.”
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Name: Michael Boshears
High school: Brownstown Central
Parents: Troy and Wendy Boshears
Sport: Basketball, four years
Athletic highlights: Mid-Southern Conference champs, 2016-’17, ’18-’19, sectional champs ’16-’17, All-MSC ’17-’18, Graber Post Buildings Classic champions ’16-’17, team most valuable player ’17-’18, assists award ’17-’18, Tribune Player of the Year ’17-’18, Top 100 ’17-’18, shooting percentage award ’16-’17
Organizations: Lettermen’s Club, BoosterClub
Plans after high school: Attend college and study marketing management
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite TV show: “Friends”
Favorite musician: Luke Combs
Favorite athlete: Dwyane Wade