Richard Stephens / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - Eaire Davis in math class at Beatty High School. She loves her classes in Beatty because of all the one-on-one attention she gets from the teachers.
Richard Stephens / Special to the Pahrump Valley Times - Eaire Davis going for the shot in a game this year. Davis is five foot eight inches tall and is the post player for the Hornets. Inset: Eaire Davis in math class at Beatty High School. She loves her classes in Beatty because of all the one-on-one attention she gets from the teachers.
This year the Lady Hornets basketball team is struggling to put experienced upperclassmen on the court with only two. Eaire Davis is one of those two and is leading the team in defense in this building year for the Hornets.
“It’s difficult to replace all the seniors we had last year. We have a really young team. We only have Christina Thompson and I who have been playing the most years. It is hard to make up for losing two post players like Melynda Gross and Shankara Venezio,” Davis said.
Davis is a post player and has a decent shot. At five foot eight inches tall, she is one of the tallest girls on the team. She has been playing basketball since the seventh grade. She said she sharpens her skills playing street ball in the Beatty park.
“There is not much to do here, so most of the time we will go out and play basketball. We do it all the time. It’s the only thing really to do here,” she said.
Hornets Coach Aimee Senior is thankful Davis is on her team this year.
“Eaire Davis works hard and gives her everything when she plays basketball,” Senior said. “She made huge improvements last year and so I have high hopes for her this year during the season. She is our height, so we are depending on her to get the job done under the basket. She also listens to what we tell her and she goes out and does it. When she puts her mind to doing something, she gets the job done. I’m really glad she’s on the team.”
Davis loves sports of all kind and plays three of them for Beatty High School. In addition to basketball, she plays volleyball and runs track.
Last year she ran track and the team won its first state title in track. In track, she does the 100-meter dash, the 400 meter, the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x200-meter relay. In the 100-meter dash she is running close to 12 seconds.
“I made it to state in all four events,” Davis said. “I got fourth at regional and eighth at state in the 400 meter and the 100-meter dash.”
She also said she enjoyed her volleyball season, but her fist love is basketball. She loves basketball because she can be aggressive. Davis feels her talent in basketball lies in her jumping.
“In volleyball I am a net player so I have to be aggressive. I think basketball is more of a contact sport and it is more so than volleyball and track,” she said.
Davis has a year until graduation and hopes she can take her good grades and get into law enforcement. Sports keeps her in shape and she is also preparing for this career by building upon her leaderships skills by participating in student government and other school activities.
“I am thinking of going to the College of Southern Nevada or a school in Oklahoma. I like a school in Oklahoma and it has a good criminal justice degree,” Davis said. “I want to be in law enforcement because it interests me. I like solving problems in my head.”
One of her teachers, Bruce Moen, had this to say about Davis as a student, “I have had the pleasure to be teaching Eaire for the past two years, and being one of her track coaches her freshman year. In that time I have seen her bloom as a person. Eaire has a great deal of enthusiasm and is always smiling. In practice, Eaire would listen to instruction and then complete the assigned work. She would many times go above and beyond what was asked.”
Besides sports, Davis has involved herself in other leadership building organizations like Family Career and Community Leaders of America. This is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12.
Davis said she loves working with this organization and she said it has helped her become a better leader. She said FCCLA has been one of her biggest accomplishments.
“It is an organization in high school,” she concluded. “I got first in state my freshman year and went to nationals in Florida.
“We do activities and do things around the community. Right now we are doing a Toys for Tots thing.”