by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

On the Court

student_knox1Student star Knox Winkler is figuring out a way to have it all for his future. A sophomore at Rancho Bernardo High School and star basketball player, Knox dreams of one day earning a college scholarship and going on to play professional basketball overseas to see the world while getting paid.

In the meantime, Knox is honing his skills on the local courts of 92128. He began playing basketball at the Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center in the fifth grade when he joined the High Intensity Club Team. He has loved playing ever since. “The most rewarding part of playing sports is when you make a good play and hear the crowd go wild!” Knox acknowledged. “The most challenging part is trying to eat and sleep and train like a healthy athlete.”

Now playing basketball for Rancho Bernardo High School, Knox is getting noticed. “Last year I won MVP of the summer freshman tournament,” he shared, “and this summer I was chosen as one of the top 20 basketball players in San Diego for the class of 2018 by Full Time Hoops and played in the Crème of the County Tournament.”

“Christian pro athletes like Steph Curry inspire me. They use their talent and success for something greater than just playing basketball.”

student_knox2For Knox, combining sports with a greater purpose and community is important. “Christian pro athletes like Steph Curry inspire me. They use their talent and success for something greater than just playing basketball,” he explained. Knox also coaches and referees young players for the Next Level basketball league at the Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center. He has even been known to spend some time helping out at holiday celebrations too, dressing as the Easter Bunny for the rec center’s Easter Egg Hunt. “Holidays are a big deal in my family so it’s fun to help out and make the holidays special for our community, too,” Knox said.

Carmel Mountain Ranch is the perfect home base for Knox’s commitment to playing basketball and being a part of his community. “I love living here because it is close to the CMR Rec Center, the plaza, and my school,” he explained. As he works towards his future goals of college, professional sports, and international travel, Knox has access to everything he needs in 92128.


student_knox3Name: Knox Winkler (15)
School: Rancho Bernardo High School
Grade: 10
Parents: Jesse and Angie Winkler
Siblings: Caleb (10), Lucas (8), Ava (6)
Favorite Local Spot: The Carmel Mountain Ranch Rec Center