Meet the Athletes - Nov. 19, 2021

Orion Virden and Beyonce Lane, Collin College Basketball, 2021-22
Photos by SARA CARPENTER

Get to know your Collin College student athletes in this regular feature. This week, we meet members of the men's and women's basketball teams. 

Name: Orion Virden
Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Position:  Shooting Guard
Plans/goals after graduation: My plan is to play basketball at a four-year university, then pursue a career as a homicide detective. 
Previous school: Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School 
Favorite book:  Of Mice and Men
Favorite movie: Roll Bounce
Favorite quote:  Earned not given
Who do you respect most in life and why? I respect my mother the most because no matter what she is doing or what she is going through, she makes the most of what she has and always figures something out.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am proud to be in college, of obtaining a scholarship, and getting a degree.
Why did you choose Collin College? I chose Collin because it felt like home away from home. I love the area, the school, the coaches, the team, and the professors.

Name: Beyoncé Lane
Hometown: Corpus Christi
Position: Guard
Plans/goals after graduation: I plan to transfer to a four-year university to continue my basketball career and receive my bachelor's degree. With that, I will begin my journey on finding my dream job.
Previous school: Paris Junior College
Other high schools/colleges/league teams played for: Richard King High School, Corpus Christi
Favorite book: The Hate U Give
Favorite movie:  Love & Basketball
Favorite quote: I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.  – 2 Timothy 4:7
Who do you respect most in life and why? I respect my parents most in life because no matter what they sacrificed a lot to make sure that I had everything that I needed.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of continuing my academic and athletic career in college and maintaining good grades.
Why did you choose Collin College? I chose Collin College because I wanted to be a part of a team that signifies unity. I heard many amazing things about Coach (Jeff) Allen, and I'm excited to see what the season holds for us. I also wanted to choose a school that has an honorable academic program.