New student Jase Rhodes ‘26 has already made an impact on the North Cross football team scoring two two touchdowns and has the third most receiving rushing yards on the team.
After transferring this year from Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Jase brings substantial football experience. Jase has played football since he was 5 years old as a wide receiver. Jase is inspired by Jerel Rhodes, his dad and football trainer. He also came to NCS with his brother, Jerel ‘24.
“Confidence and swagger” is how football coach Stephen Alexander says Jase plays. He said Jase’s toughness is one of his strongest traits in football.
In the game against Saint Christopher’s Jase, “Took some big hits and he popped right back up,” Alexander said, “showing how tough he is.”
While his main sport is football, Jase also plays soccer and basketball. In the spring Jase does track to train for football. Last summer Jase became an All American when he went to nationals and got fourth in triple jump. He says he does jumping because, “Jumping is fun.”
As a wide receiver, Jase has been the third target for quarterback Connor Lange. He averages about 15 yards per reception and has scored multiple touchdowns.
Jerel has been an offensive threat as a running back averaging 9 yards per carry and scoring five touchdowns.
When he's not playing football Jase inspires his friends with his backflips.
“He loves to do backflips,” Ja’ziel Hart ‘26 said, “once he teaches me I'll be doing them too.”
When I was 6 I took an overnight train from Houston to Alpine, Texas. Near Alpine there was a town called Terlingua, which is where we stayed. It was a cute, small, ghost town.
It was a mining town in the early 1900s but the company went bankrupt in the 1940s and is pretty abandoned. A lot of people converted buses and old boats into houses which is pretty goofy. The lifestyle was really different in Terlingua due to the lack of services.
I was born in Houston, where I lived for seven years before moving to Vermont, where I lived for seven more years before moving to Roanoke, VA this summer. I started North Cross this year. I decided to go to North Cross because of the pretty campus and education. I play tennis and basketball. I've been to four countries other than America: France, Spain, Andora and Canada. I have a half brother, but I grew up mainly an only child. In the future I would like to get better at French and tennis and eventually go to a good college.
I love the quote: “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” I think this quote is really cute, it's optimistic and sweet. I like the figurative meaning about things getting better and the literal meaning of spring being soon. I love spring.