GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) - Glen Allen’s boys basketball team just concluded its season, wrapping up hoops careers for two well-rounded Jaguars.
Trey Grimes and Chris Butler are both seniors at Glen Allen who have been mainstays for the Jags’ basketball team. Both have spent their high school years with very little free time, taking part in multiple sports and other activities at the school.
Grimes is the senior class president and in the running for valedictorian. He is a three sport athlete, taking part in cross country, basketball and lacrosse, though this year he may opt for track and field in the spring. Grimes is also active in theater, and credits the attitude he’s learned through sports with carrying over into all aspects of his education and life.
“I’ve been playing basketball since I could walk, really, so I’ve been competitive all my life.” said Grimes, “That competitive drive really made me better in everything I do in life, whether it’s in the classroom, theater, trying to audition, or cross country. You’ve got to be competitive in everything in life and that’ll drive you forward.”
Butler is a two sport athlete, excelling on the football field in addition to hoops. He was part of Glen Allen’s historic 2018 football campaign in which the Jaguars put together their first ever winning season and won their first playoff game. The senior is also part of a school mentor-ship program called Jaguar Gents, where older students take in a younger peer, help them with their grades, show them the ropes of high school and check in on how they’re doing at home. It’s been a great chance for Butler to focus on his leadership skills.
“It’s important because you never know what another student is going through,” Butler said. "It also gives you the leadership skills you’ll need at the next level."
Balance is a big part of both students’ lives, though both admit it takes some work.
“It’s not easy, but I learn really good time management by doing all of these things, so I just have to grind it out, schedule, and I make it through every season,” remarked Grimes.
Butler added that balance takes sacrifice.
“It’s hard, but you got to cut out the extra stuff,” he said. “It’s hard to tell yourself that because you want to, but you know you have to get stuff done. It’s been my parents that have kept me in balance a lot.”
Grimes hopes to study pre-med in college and said that the University of Richmond is currently his top choice. Butler will play wide receiver at Old Dominion in the fall and study sports psychology.