Q&A; -- Brett Callegary, Winters Mill, basketball

Winters Mill senior forward Brett Callegary is a defensive-minded standout whose play is sometimes overshadowed by teammates Brett Burrier and Jimmy Dorsey, who combine an average of 36 points.

Callegary, 6 feet 2, is the team's defensive stopper who held Easton High's high-scoring Ty Newman to 11 points this season. Newman came into that game averaging 39 points per game Callegary averages five points and four rebounds a game, but Winters Mill coach Dave Herman said the Falcons would not be 7-2 this season without him.


What was it like holding Newman to 11 points?

It was fun, knowing the kid averages around 40 a game. I was face-guarding him the whole game and really didn't see what was going on. I was just worried about him. He was a good ballplayer, and I had a lot of fun playing against him.


How important is basketball in your life?

It's a huge part of my life. I've been playing since the second grade and love every minute of it. I like it because it's a fast-paced game, and I like the team aspect.

What's the best game you've played for Winters Mill?

Hopefully I haven't played that game yet. I hope it comes in the states this season at the Comcast Center. Right now I'd say the Easton game. That was something else. You just don't go up against those kind of players very often.

Do you plan on playing basketball in college?

I'm not really sure yet. If I did, it would be at a Division III school where I could get some playing time. But nothing has been decided.

Are you a college basketball fan?

Oh yeah, definitely. My favorite team is Maryland. I have to be loyal to the home team. I think they're playing well. They're really a young team. They have a lot of potential. They're a little streaky.


What was the hardest part of the game for you to pick up when you first started playing?

The hardest part moving from rec leagues to high school was to adjust to the pace of the game. It was totally different. It was much faster in high school, and I handled it by listening to coaches and getting used to it in practice.

What does your team need to improve most on?

Rebounding is a big thing we need to work on. With our athletic ability, we can get all the rebounds we want. There's always room to improve on offense and defense.

What's it like playing in the shadows of Brett Burrier and Jimmy Dorsey?

I don't mind it. They get all the publicity, and I go unheard of. Teams aren't expecting me to be a good ballplayer. It's fun, I guess. My job is to get back on defense to make sure the other team doesn't score.