Cyclone becomes a Tornado

By Ivan Sanders

   The Elizabethton Cyclones' pipeline to athletic collegiate scholarships continued on Friday afternoon in Bristol as the Cyclones' basketball team captain for the 2003 state-qualifying team, Jordan Lambert, inked his name on the dotted line to join Coach Scott Polsgrove and the King Tornado program.
   Following in the footsteps of teammates B.J. Miller, Walter Brown and Vince Redd, Lambert became part of a possible first for the Cyclone basketball team, with four members signing to continue their education and athletic careers in a single season.
   According to Cyclone head basketball coach, Tony Hardin, the opportunity is well-deserved by his former player.
   "Jordan will be a big asset to King's program," stated Hardin. "He is a great guy who has very good character and has worked very hard to get to the next level."
   Lambert's blue-collar work ethic garnered him the Regional MVP award in a season where the Elizabethton graduate averaged a solid 11.8 points per game. More impressive was the fact Lambert hit an outstanding 62 percent from two-point range for the season.
   Being selected as the team captain by his teammates, Lambert led by example both on the court for the Cyclones as well as off the hardwood. According to Hardin, a shining moment on the season for Lambert came in the Arby's Classic against Wheeler, Ga.
   Said Hardin: "Against Wheeler, Jordan hit five three-point baskets to help keep us in the ball game. That had to be a crowning moment of his senior season because Wheeler not only won the Georgia AAAAA state championship, but they finished in the top five in the nation."
   The decision was a no-brainer for Lambert, who had been courted by several schools during the season. When the time came to sign his name, it was a matter of going to a class school and being a short distance from Elizabethton.
   Lambert will now be able to showcase his talents close to home, where friends and family will have only a short drive to see the projected small forward play for the next four seasons.