Camdenton senior Talon Randazzo loves to compete.

Camdenton senior Talon Randazzo loves to compete. 

A letterman in football, wrestling and track and field, he has enjoyed representing the Lakers alongside his teammates, being involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and his efforts have paid off over the past four years. 

As a sophomore, Randazzo was recognized with the “Most Improved” award for his efforts on the wrestling mat and since that time he was also awarded the “Living to be a Laker” award in football. He also took his pride to the classroom where he was recognized for perfect attendance and various academic honors.  

Randazzo’s final year as a Laker got off to a fun start on the football field last fall where Camdenton finished 12-1 with an Ozark Conference title, the program’s 28th district title and a trip to the state quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual state champion Web City. The senior was named among the best of the conference, earning a spot on the second team defense for his efforts at defensive back. 

Randazzo was looking forward to enjoying his final track and field season with the Lakers this spring before the COVID-19 pandemic came along, but there are rich memories that will last a lifetime.  

“My favorite memory from Camdenton would have to be my senior year when we beat West Plains in overtime and Lebanon twice in a season,” Randazzo said, looking back to his time on the football field this past fall. 

Q: Was there anything you were looking forward to, especially this spring, as you started to get ready for your final high school season?  

A: There was a lot I was looking forward to, such as having a great track season with a great group of people! I was very much looking forward to the 4x100 relay more than anything. All four of us (Jase Nicklas, Eli Griffin, Jadin Faulconer and myself) had put in a lot of work to go far this year, but it ended early for us.

Q: Is there anything you love about track and field or anything this pandemic made you realize and what were your thoughts when you found out the season would be significantly delayed and eventually cancelled? 

A: Through the year of track, I was very grateful to be brought in and race with a bunch of my friends that I have known since I was little. I love track and the intensity and joy it brings and never thought I would love it as much. I have to give Coach (Charlie) Gordon and Coach (Nick) Bruck a big thank you for getting me into the sport last year. Being my only year to run track, it could not have been better. I would say I was a little disappointed to not be able to participate in track season this year, but I guess it could have been worse. It’s sad that my senior year is over this quick and it’s gone just like that, but I hope to have a great summer and see a lot of my friends out there on the Lake. 

Q: What has the quarantine been like and were there any steps you took to stay sharp incase there was an opportunity to compete in the future? What was it like to represent Camdenton, now looking back?

A: I would say quarantine has not been that bad as everyone says. I do miss my friends very much and wish I can see them soon. Being home, I have been slacking a few days here and there- can’t lie- but I have been staying in shape with all these workouts I have been sent by my coaches. I had been staying in shape for anything that happened. I’m ready to see whatever the future holds for me. 

I would do anything to get one more shot to represent Camdenton. I would’ve taken running way more serious than what I have been. I would’ve been prepared to give everything I have to represent for Camdenton!

Q: Anything you would like your teammates and coaches to know? 

A: I just want to say what a blessing to have worked myself for four years to represent Camdenton. It has been such an honor. As I look back at these past four long, fulfilling years, there are some things I will never forget. It’s hard to believe that at one point I was just a freshman fighting for his spot on varsity. Can’t believe I was a little freshman entering the doors with no idea what was in store for me. Love y’all, ‘Dazzo’ out.