Homestead boys basketball coach Chris Johnson had little – visible – frustration over junior Zach Terrell leaving the program.
Terrell informed Johnson recently that he was not going to play basketball any longer for the Spartans in order to concentrate on his football career.
Terrell, a quarterback, has seen his football stock rise, attended the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio, Texas, last month.
Terrell had missed most of this season anyway because of injuries and football commitments. As a point guard, though, he was the Spartans' best returning player this year.
"We wish him the best," Johnson said of Terrell. "He's focusing on football, and hopefully he finds what he loves to do, and that's what he should do. With these kids, we are playing extremely well and I am proud of the way they are coming together."
Homestead beat Columbia City on Friday 62-48 to improve to 3-0 in the NHC.
With the win over the Eagles, Homestead (8-4) is tied with Norwell atop the conference standings. The two teams will play, possibly, for the conference title Feb. 10 at Norwell.
"I have not seen Norwell play yet, but from what I hear they are doing a good job," Johnson said. "We are a long ways to go before Norwell, that's our last conference game of the year."