Vinita’s Lance Mason – Academic Athlete of the Month Presented by Roberts Auto Center

By Derrick Smith

The ability of high school student athletes to play their sport is often related to their ability to succeed in the classroom. And for Lance Mason, it’s about putting in the work for both. 

“I try to push myself in the classroom as hard as I do on the field,” he said. “Even though I love athletics, I know that academics are important too. The hardest thing about balancing school work and athletics is keeping your mind focused more on academics than athletics.”

Lance is a senior at Vinita High School, where he wide receiver and defensive back for the Hornets’ football team. He is also a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Last season was not what the Hornet’s football team was hoping for, but Lance had a standout year. 

“Our team went 6-4 and missed the playoffs by one game,” he said. “The season went pretty well for me. I had eight receiving touchdowns, which is second most in a single season in school history.”

When a lot of kids look up to professional athletes as role models, Lance’s role model is a little closer to home. 

“My older brother Jake has always been a role model and a big influence to me. He has always pushed me and supported me and is one of my biggest fans.”

Success on the field is not easy, but Lance knows what it takes. 

“My success in sports is due to staying dedicated and focused,” he said. “I try to do whatever is best for the team and my teammates. I’ve always tried to work hard and give 100 percent in everything I do.”

While Lance had a good junior season, he is hoping to set a new record this season. 

“I am currently tied for third in career receiving touchdowns,” he said. “My goal is to break the record in my senior season.”

When he is not working on school work or practicing athletics, you can find Lance drag racing his junior dragster.