One on one with ... Alexandria's Gabe Marchal
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Gabe Marchal is a versatile player in football and basketball. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Gabe Marchal is a versatile player in football and basketball. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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You could learn a lot about Gabe Marchal just from talking to Alexandria football coach Frank Tucker for a few minutes.

Tucker said the senior will do anything to please the coaching staff, which shows on the field. Marchal plays a combination of wingback, defensive back, wide receiver, punter and kicker for the football team.

Now that basketball season is here – something Marchal has been looking forward to for nearly a month – he will play a combination of point guard and shooting guard for hoops coach Jason Johnson. Off the court, Marchal still has his head around each of the sports in his spare time, playing college football and NBA basketball on his Xbox 360.

Past that, Marchal is always looking forward to the next season. But with this being his last season at Alexandria before graduating, there’s little doubt he will do everything he can to make it one to remember.

Recently, Marchal took a few minutes after Alexandria’s gameday shoot-around to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and answer 10 questions.

Question: Alexandria is known as the “School of Champions,” but what does that mean to you?

Answer: It means a lot to me. Being able to go to a school where there’s a winning tradition and it being a tradition that means so much to this school that is founded upon its success means a lot. It’s incredible to go to a school that is defined on greatness.

Q: Do you have any local heroes?

A: A hero in my book would be someone like Coach Tucker and a lot of the coaches here. A lot of the time when you hear hero you may think of a superhero or something like that, but I define it as a person that does their job to the best that they can, supports others around them and makes sure others are in the best spots they can be in. That’s our coaches to me.

Q: Can you dunk?

A: Almost, I’m close. We have a lot of people on the team that can almost dunk and are getting there. We have two dunkers, Alton (Davis) and C.J. (Swink). I’m almost there. I just can’t hit the dunk, I guess you can say.

Q: Now that basketball season is here, who are you most looking forward to playing?

A: The team that I’m looking forward to playing is Jacksonville. They’re our rivals. They don’t like us; we don’t really like them. Us versus Jacksonville no matter what sport will be a great game. There’s Heflin, too, but I personally want to beat everyone. Jacksonville is special, though.

Q: What got you into basketball?

A: I started playing basketball in second grade, just went and tried out and I was terrible. I had like two points all year, and I remember the summer before third grade all I did was go outside and shoot basketball for eight hours a day. I’ve loved it since then.

Q: What do you do after games?

A: Normally, after any sporting events a lot of the students go to Waffle House. We’ll go to Waffle House and celebrate if it’s a win or go and just talk about the game. I guess that’s our go-to place.

Q: If your family won the lottery, what would you like to do with the money?

A: I’d put it back into Alexandria. We’d have nicer facilities and a nicer school than Piedmont. We’d have an arena like the size of Jacksonville State and a football stadium as big as JSU. It’d be all nice.

Q: You mentioned you like watching Netflix. What’s your favorite thing to watch?

A: I like watching a lot of comedy standups, like Kevin Hart and all them. I think they’re funny, that’s what they’re up there to do. I don’t care that they’re just standing up there or walking around, it’s funny to me.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about basketball?

A: Running after practice. I’ve always been a terrible runner, it really doesn’t matter what time of the year it is or how good of shape I’m in. I’m always defeated after we run after practice.

Q: Do you have a basketball hoop at home?

A: Yes, sir. I have a lot of pickup games at my house. I’ll invite over teammates or friends and we’ll just play, mostly during the summer when it’s warm, but we play all the time at my house.
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