Cherokee’s Lake Lyon – Character Counts Presented By INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center

Cherokee sophomore Lake Lyon has been a leader for the Chiefs on the football field and basketball court since his freshman year.

Last season, Lyon led the Chiefs at the quarterback position as Cherokee advanced to the state semifinals before falling to Regent Prep. Lyon finished the season with 1,600 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns while also throwing for more than 1,000 yards and 20 passing touchdowns.

Lyon is currently leading a Cherokee basketball team as the primary ball-handler. The Chiefs are off to a 10-4 start this season as Lyon is averaging 14 points this season after averaging 10 points per game as a freshman. This season, the Chiefs finished third at the Northwestern Oklahoma State Tournament and placed first at their tournament, the Cherokee Invitational Tournament.

“We are a lot better this season because we just play together and play a lot faster,” Lyon said. “We’ve been pressuring more and just trying to get out and run because we’re a lot more athletic this year.”

Lyon also competes on the track team, where he qualified for state in four events last season. He was a part three relay teams that placed at state last year: the 4x400m relay (5th), 4x800m relay (5th), and the 4x200m relay (4th). As a team, Cherokee finished 7th overall at last year’s state meet.

When Lyon isn’t involved in athletics, he’s competing in FCCLA. Last season, he qualified for a national convention in Anaheim, California, where he competed in a virtual business challenge.

“It’s pretty much a human simulation, and the point is to get as much money as you can,” Lyon said.

Lyon and his teammate, fellow sophomore Chandler Coleman, were runner ups at last year’s national convention and the duo has qualified for nationals this season as well.

Once Lyon graduates from Cherokee, he would like to continue playing football as he’s already received a scholarship to do so at Bethel College in Kansas. Eventually, Lyon would like to become a coach and teacher like his dad, Travis.

“I want to be a football coach after I graduate,” Lyon said. “I would be a math teacher like my dad because math is something that’s always come naturally to me.”