Rombokas steps up in key role

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Chambers Academy was a dominant force in the 2019-20 school year. They played in a state championship in football, volleyball and both boys and girls basketball. Both the Rebels baseball and softball teams were also cruising through their seasons before athletics were cancelled because of COVID-19.

Right in the middle of that success was Brandalon Rombokas.

Rombokas is on the cheer squad and was on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams.

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No matter what sport she’s playing, Rombokas is the ultimate team player.

“She’s one of those young ladies that does exactly what you want her to do,” girls basketball coach Jeff Hines said. “It’s all about the team. She’s one of those players that doesn’t come around too often from a coach’s standpoint.”

Along with being willing to help the team succeed by playing any role necessary, Rombokas is  a key leader for the other Rebels. She leads by both example and vocally, giving constant encouragement to her teammates.

“Brandalon has done a great job leading,” Hines said. “She works hard in the classroom, she works hard on the basketball court, she works hard on the softball field and she works hard at cheerleading. She’s just a special young lady.”

Her leadership and hard work have been on display for the entire month of June, as the Rebels have been going through their summer workouts. Rombokas is constantly a vocal leader in her group and to the other nearby groups, pushing them to finish each part of the workout.

Basketball wise, Rombokas has also improved her overall game in the brief time the Rebels have been able to spend in the gym. Hines said that her shooting ability and ball-handling have greatly improved, which will be key when the Rebels start their 2020-21 season, since two of their three  primary ball-handlers graduated.

Rombokas is now entering her senior season, where she will be aiming to win a state championship in at least one of her three sports and is looking to become a Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) All-Star Cheerleader squad.

“I’ve been thinking about if I want to further my [cheerleading] career somewhere,” Rombokas said. “It makes you think about that because you can’t just think about it anymore. It’s time that you go do it.”

The first step to reaching all of these goals takes place at the end of next week, as the Rebels hold their summer cheer camp, preparing for all-star tryouts later in July.

“I’m very excited,” Rombokas said. “We’re going to be able to hit [stunts]. Normally it’s the bigger schools that they go to, but I think we’re going to impress the UCA staff.”