Mingo’s ‘Booger’ Lee ready for senior season
by By Kyle Lovern
If someone asks for Mingo Central senior Alex Lee, many fans may not know who you’re talking about. However, if you say where “Booger” Lee is, then everyone knows who you are referring to.
Lee picked up that nickname in Little League baseball. His mom Angie used to affectionately call him “a Booger” and the name stuck.
Now as he enters his final year of high school, Lee will be counted on in several sports to be a leader.
“As for being a team leader, I’m gonna give it everything every day and encourage my teammates and brothers to follow,” Lee said.
The wiry, but hard-nosed 6-3, 175 pounder said he can hardly believe he is in his senior season. He came to Mingo Central from Williamson High School where he played as a freshman.
“ Being a senior still hasn’t hit me yet. I’ve just been having so much fun participating in athletics for Mingo Central. I’m humbled and honored to put on that Carolina blue and black. It’s going by so fast. I just want to make the most of it and start a winning tradition up here. And show these very talented underclassman how it’s done and that with hard work and effort you can achieve greatness,” Lee said.
“Coach (Yogi) Kinder has been a great role model and coach, someone I’m proud to call my coach. That goes for all my coaches and I’m truly blessed to be in the presence of these hard working men. They don’t do it for anything else, but to get those chill bumps standing under those Friday night lights and coming out of the dressing room and running onto the field,” Lee said.
Lee was mentioned on the Charleston Daily Mail preseason honorable mention all-state watch list. He said, “Being on the preseason list – I’m just so honored and blessed. I wouldn’t be half the player I am without my brothers. They get the credit for that just as much as I do, pushing me every day and always believing in me.”
This past spring, Lee discovered another athletic talent: on the track running in the 100, 200 and 400-meter relays. He made it to the Class AA state finals in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
“This was my first year running track and I was terrible getting off my block, but with some great coaching and motivation from coach (Brad) Webb, we were able to compete for a state championship. I only did it to stay in shape, but I just honestly fell in love with it and just like anything else I try to participate in, I try to give it my all for the coaches and most importantly myself.”
The talented Lee was one of Mingo Central’s top basketball players and is known for his rebounding and crowd pleasing dunks. He should also be one of the Miner’s top scorers this season. He averaged around 10 points per game last season.
Lee tried to play baseball and run track during the spring, but it was tough trying to shuffle games on the diamond and participating in track meets.
As usual, this fall, he finds himself very busy on the grid iron. The lanky athlete plays on both offense and defense, and he is also a stalwart on special teams.
“I love playing on both sides of the ball. A true football player never wants to come out of the game and he wants to put their team in the best position to win,” Lee stressed. “But I do love getting those big hits on “D” and that’s what it’s all about. There is nothing better to get your team fired up than laying the wood to your opposition.”
“Like I said, a true football player never wants to come off the field and I’m not the best at every position, but my coaches put it all on my back because they know what I’m capable of and those 10 guys beside me are also ready to give it all they have,” Lee emphasized.
“I’ve always loved baseball and basketball, but I was introduced to football and track at a later age. I fell in love with those sports as well. I am a competitive person and I love representing Central in the best way I can,” said Lee. “With the team we have this year we are capable of producing a winning record, but it comes down to us and the want to we have.”
“As a senior I just want to thank all of these Mingo fans that were there with me and teams in all the sports I play and for welcoming me into building a new tradition up here on the mountain,” Lee concluded.
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