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“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog…” – Mark Twain

These words have proven meaning for many but for Ethan Satterfield of McCurtain it works both ways as the 6’3 power forward for the Bulldogs takes full opportunity to prove his determination to succeed.
 
“Coming from a small town, 6’3 is rather large and growing up I was often bigger than the other kids so during my baseball seasons of little league parents and teammates would call me Big E and it kinda stuck,” said Satterfield explaining the nickname tag. “But sports has proven to me it’s all about who wants it more. We’ve played teams that are bigger, older and faster than us but we find the way to win because of our desire and determination.”
 
A two-time VYPE Top 100 choice, Satterfield, who now wears jersey number 24 in memory of Kobe Bryant, defines himself in three simple words that have heartfelt meaning to the 2021 senior.
 
“Respectful, if a player falls down I always go to help them up, no matter whose team they’re on,” said Satterfield. “Aggressive, I understand you can’t be too physical in this game but you can’t just let anyone and everyone do what they want. And most important to me is Leader, I’ve always tried to apply this word to my life, set the bar and the tempo of my time is something I find very important.”
 
The uncertainty of the current basketball season being completed is a point of contention for Satterfield who also acknowledges the importance of commitment to make the best of every situation. “It sucks, as much as I want to play college ball I know my chances are low, so every game my senior year matters to me,” replied Satterfield when asked about the mental challenges of being ready to play amidst the current pandemic. “A working vaccine and a permanent end to lockdowns and quarantines would be my biggest dream, and 2021 would be filled with college offers and state rings in both basketball and baseball.”
 
While tomorrow’s opportunities are still to be defined, Satterfield continues to explore a future in audiology or a possible enlistment into the Navy.
 
Before each athletic event, he finds nutritional fuel by enjoying a Gatorade and two Reese’s cups. And when he takes the court or the baseball diamond, “Big E” revs his competitive motor while recalling his coach’s words of advice. “Wanting it more is better than being better than your opponent,” Satterfield said with a voice of confidence. “I feel that being a McCurtain Bulldog is a jack of all trades master of none. We are not the biggest, fastest, or the most lethal scoring but not being a problem doesn’t fit in that category. When I leave McCurtain I don’t want to be questioned about my ability or who was better. I want everyone to see that I’m not just a high school player.”

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