CC-Crystal’s Jolls excels on court, lanes


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:59 pm on Friday, January 06, 2012

Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls practices his jump shot during Thursday’s practice.

CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls is on a roll.

Not only has Jolls been helping out the varsity basketball team this winter, he’s been having a good year at Carson City Lanes to boot.

Jolls is averaging 17 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Eagles.

“Since being here as a freshman I think I’ve improved a little bit,” Jolls said. “My shooting was a little better in my freshman year and earlier years. But I think I’ve improved more as an individual and a player.”

Jolls said his improvement has been in driving to the basket.

“Probably my driving skills, my dribbling, being able to get in the lane, pass the ball to everyone” he said. “I can still shoot for all I want but, I need to work on my driving.”

Jolls still thinks the Eagles are doing well despite the team being 3-2.

“All my team has been playing real hard,” he said. “From the first game at Fulton, we’ve really shown a lot of the league (Central Michigan Athletic Conference) we’re not going to give without a fight. It’s a real tough group when we’re playing defense, and offensively we’re doing well.”

When Jolls isn’t on the basketball court, he can be found at Carson City Lanes, bowling in the Advanced Youth league. He carries a 164 average.

“I started way back in third grade, just thought it would be kind of fun getting into a league,” he said. “Ever since then it’s just been really fun.”

When Jolls has graduated from CC-Crystal, he might continue bowling in an adult league.

“The biggest thing right now is basketball,” he said. “Bowling is a pretty good choice, too. I hadn’t thought about that.”

Jolls changed his release a few years ago but has since gone back to a standard release.

“I had bad form when I started because I thought it worked,” he said. “But I came back to my original form and it really worked for me.”

Jolls will be on the court tonight when the Eagles host Dansville.

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