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Little has been fair about Jaxon Littlefair’s first foray into college sports. 

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Coming off a terrific high school athletic career with the Strathcona Christian Academy Eagles senior boys basketball team, Littlefair had hoped that the pandemic pause would be over by the time he started his college career last fall after signing on with the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder. 

However, just like almost everyone else in the sporting world, the Sherwood standout ended up cooling his heels for more than a year and is now hoping to make his debut with the team this fall instead. 

The 19-year-old guard took to the sport quite quickly. 

“I started playing basketball in Grade 7,” Littlefair said. “I just decided to try out and I made the team and have been playing ever since. I managed to make U-14 Team Alberta when I was in Grade 8, so I guess I took to it pretty quickly. I played all the way through high school and a bunch of club basketball as well.  

“I am a very competitive person. I like that it took a lot of effort and work to develop the skill to be good at this game. It took a lot of time and commitment to succeed, which I enjoy. I am just that type of person, I guess, I like working hard and doing things to get better at the stuff I enjoy doing. I like that it took a lot of work to be good. Anybody can pick up a basketball and shoot around, but it takes a lot of hours to become good at it, which is something I enjoy doing.” 

The SCA Eagles senior boys basketball team made provincials all three years Littlefair was with the squad. Photo Supplied
The SCA Eagles senior boys basketball team made provincials all three years Littlefair was with the squad. Photo Supplied

Littlefair and his SCA Eagles basketball teammates were certainly good at the game. 

In his Grade 10 year, Littlefair and the Eagles went to the 2A provincials, finishing fourth. They moved up a rung to the 3A level in Grade 11, coming in third at provincials. In his final 2019-2020 campaign, SCA won an Edmonton Metro City Championship after going 14-0 and had punched their way back to yet another 3A provincials when the COVID crisis began last March and their dreams of a higher podium appearance were dashed. 

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“It was a pretty special group,” Littlefair said of the Eagles. “The thing I always really enjoyed being part of a smaller school, is you knew your teammates very well and were friends with pretty much all of them for a very long time. I was able to have great relationships with the coaches and I still talk with them every now and then today. I have been able to build and maintain really good relationships with my coaches and teammates that might not have happened as much at a larger school. It was great to be part of such a tight-knit team that worked so well together. Most of us played together all the way up from junior high.” 

Also competing for the school in volleyball, golf, track and field and soccer during his time haunting the halls at SCA, Littlefair was sent off as a graduate as the winner of the school’s male athlete of the year for the 2019-2020 season. 

“That was pretty big for me.” He said. “It was a huge accomplishment and something I was really proud of. I also won athlete of the year in Grade 9, so it was pretty cool to win it at both levels. I was either the first or second person to ever do that, at any rate, they said it doesn’t happen very often. Not many people can say that they won an award like that.” 

Although he has only had limited practice time with the Concordia Thunder men’s basketball team due to COVID restriction during the past school year, Littlefair is chomping at the bit over the hopes that things will be closer to normal come the fall and that he might actually get to play for the team.  

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“I really like (Thunder) coach Reagan Wood, I have known him for a long time,” he said. “When he started recruiting me, it just felt right. The team atmosphere is really great. All the guys are really open and welcoming. I have been to a few practices and training camps before, so I got to know a few of the guys and they were really good to me when I signed on. There is a great team atmosphere and everybody works really hard. Coach Wood has been there for a very long time and is a three-time ACAC coach of the year, so he obviously knows what he is doing, It was a very easy choice for me to come here. He runs a very tight ship and it is a great program. I am itching to actually play games. It has been over a year, I miss the competition a lot.” 

Littlefair is enrolled in the bachelor of management program. 

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