Arlington basketball: A family tradition

If there were a theme song for the Arlington basketball program, it should be Hank William Jr.’s “family tradition.” Why? Well, given that there are four sets of siblings playing basketball, it fits the narrative.

Yes, FOUR sets of siblings.

The Arlington boys team features a starting back court tandem of Luke (senior), and Sam (sophomore) Wiseman, as well as the Price brothers, Ray (junior) and Jake (sophomore).

The Lady Tigers are represented with two sets of sisters as well. The Williams sisters (actually twins) Lanyce and Lanetta, both sophomores, and the Stewart sisters, Shenobia, a junior and Nya, a freshman.

These eight players have been instrumental in the success of both programs this season. For the Tigers’ boys team, both Sam and Luke Wiseman are starters at the guard positions, while Ray Price is a starter at forward. Brother Jake provides sharp shooting in a reserve role.

The William sisters offer a tough match-up for any team given their height. Both ladies stand over 6 feet tall. Only sophomores, the duo will be a handful for opponents for years to come. The Stewart sisters provide another reason for a bright future. Nya, a freshman guard, cracked the starting lineup while sister Shenobia has battled injuries and is contributing in a reserve role.

The family connection doesn’t just end with players, it also includes dads as well.

Locally, the Wiseman name may have a familiar ring. Father Lang was a standout prep player at Bolton High School and later played his college basketball at the University of Tennessee. Lang also coached the Arlington Middle School team to multiple district championships.

I mentioned how tall the Williams sisters are. When you see their dad Lance, you understand why. Lance is a former college center at Depaul University in Chicago and stands 6-foot 8-inches. He played professional basketball overseas for several years.

For the Price, Wiseman, Williams and Stewart siblings, basketball at Arlington is definitely a family tradition.

Written by Brett B. Brewer, special to the Express.