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Playing the name game



Posted on September 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 4:39 PM

You hear it all the time in sports, guys are "trying to make a name for themselves." That's a little harder for Lake Highland's best player, and it has nothing to do with his play on the field.

DeVonte Sunwenghan and his coaches and teammates have heard it all.

DeVonte: "Most people say, Sum-ning-ham, Summingham, something like that."

Head coach Scott Smith: "Sun-wing-ham, Sun-wiggen-ham."

Quarterback Michael Ketchmark: "Sun-wingum, Sun-winden-ham."

Smith: "Any P.A. announcer of any stadium we've ever played at (has mispronounced it). Even our home, Bob Johnson will tell you, he struggled early on how to say it."

The proper way to say his name is, DeVonte Sun-win-han. Adding to the confusion is the fact that he doesn't have a true position. Is he a running back, or a wide receiver?

"Yes. Yes. I answer that pretty easily," said Smith. "In our offense, we're going to move him around. He's kind of our go-to guy."

Sunwenghan's coming out party came in the eighth game of the 2010 season. It was Lake Highlands' first game without their star running back Desmond Roland, now at Oklahoma State, who had gotten hurt the week before. Against Jesuit, Sunwenghan ran the ball 32 times, caught another 12 passes, for 325 total yards and four touchdowns in the 29-20 win.

"You know if you throw it to him, he's going to catch it and make something happen, or handing it off to him," said Ketchmark. "You're just kind of standing there, like Woah, look at that, and then he goes down the field."

"I'd never had that many carries, that many catches in my life," said Sunwenghan. "It was a privilege to get that many chances."

Sunwenghan has been the number one option on Lake Highland's offense for only about seven games now, and he is well on his way to making a name for himself.