Garden City wasn’t expected to win a county championship this year in football. With only two returners starters, it was against all odds to get back into the championship game and come out on top. However, the Trojans came together, leaders emerged and the GC walked away in 2019 County Champs. For so many athletes in the Garden City community, football has played a pivotal role. Amongst those athletes is Long Island Lacrosse standout Billy Kephart. For Billy, football is more than just a game, it’s an opportunity to learn important lessons that help in away from the gridiron.
Q: How would you describe this past football season?
I would describe this past football season as an absolute success. We returned only 2 starters and weren’t expected to be that good, but we were still able to beat the odds and win the county championship.
Q: How has football made you a better lacrosse player?
Football has made me better as a lacrosse player by helping me transfer the physicality and edge needed on gridiron over to the lacrosse field.
Q: Did you ever consider playing football in college?
I had frequently thought about playing football in college because football was so fun for me, but I never truly considered looking at schools for football, it was always lacrosse.
Q: What has been your favorite memory from High School so far?
My favorite memory from High School so far has to be when we won the State Championship for lacrosse my sophomore year. Although I didn’t have a big role on the team at the time, it was still an exciting experience that not many lacrosse players get to go through, so I am grateful to have been a part of that.
Q: Why Cornell?
I chose Cornell not only because I feel I will be pushed academically and athletically, but the lacrosse program carries a proud tradition and the coaches want what is best for each person in life, not just on the lacrosse field.
Q: What other schools were you considering ?
Before my commitment I was considering other Ivies such as Brown, Penn, and Harvard.
Q: What are your thoughts on last year’s lacrosse season?
I loved playing with last year’s senior class and I think we had a solid season. Unfortunately, it was cut short by a talented Manhasset team in the counties and I think our team deserved to have gone farther than that, but we still had a lot of good wins throughout the season.
Q: What does Garden City have to do this season to become county champions?
To win the county this season we have to get through two very strong teams who are getting most of their players back from last year. Manhasset and South Side will be challenges for us but if we put in the necessary work and bond as a team I think we could be able to replicate the success of this past football season.