WINNSBORO — Anthony Ragin is a team player, quietly doing his part to help the Fairfield Central Griffins any way he can.
Whether that help comes in the form of encouraging words for his teammates or making his shots when his number is called, he steps up and does his part.
Ragin says his role as a team player is valuable.
“I’m just a good team player,” he said. “I say the right things at the right time, try to keep them all in line.”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to contribute though. “I feel like I’ll be ready when my number is called,” he added.
Coach Devin Liferidge feels the same way.
“He’s made some plays for us this year. He came on against Mid-Carolina, big region game, and made a couple of plays for us. Hit a big shot and made some plays defensively,” Liferidge said. “He gave us a chance to win that game when we were struggling offensively, and I’ve got no qualms about calling him on any given night.
“Most nights he doesn’t play, and he isn’t excited about that, but he handles it with a professional demeanor that we as coaches appreciate,” the coach added.
Ragin said he enjoys English because he has a fondness for writing.
After high school, Ragin is looking to attend Greenville Tech to obtain a degree in Graphic Design.
“We made T-shirts in a class I’m in at the career center. I want to get a job doing something like advertising or making T-shirts or something in print,” he said.
For now, he is looking to move north for what he hopes will be his career.
“Those jobs are rare in the south, so I’ll probably be looking to go north. But if I could stay in the south, I’d like to stay down here,” he said.
Ragin says he is an introvert, though many may not know it.
“I like to be alone a lot. I try to act like I’m a people person when I’m around a lot of people, but I really do like to be by myself,” he said.
Despite his quiet demeanor, Ragin has proven to be a solid role model for the younger players.
“He’s another one that we weren’t sure we were going to keep, but he had a really strong offseason. He came in here and worked and worked,” Liferidge said.
That work ethic has made this senior a leader for the Griffins.
“He plays his role, he’s a senior,” Coach Liferidge said. “He’s a perfect example of a guy who comes in and just does his job. He competes in practice, you call on him and he’s ready. If you don’t call on him, he won’t say a word.”
Reach James Inabinet at (803) 635-4016.