Winstons: Two are better than one
Brother, Sister combo a solid team
For Styles (football), Nia (basketball), it's about family
By Jordan Knight, SAGU Senior
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Relationships range in depth from surface level to ones so impactful they alter the course of your life.
Relationships can mold and define who we are as individuals. Often they make us better than we could ever be on our own.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a campus that fosters relationships that are made through students and faculty, but some special ones begin long before the college life.
Siblings Nia (NEE-yah) and Styles Winston hail from the northeastern Dallas suburb of Garland where the student-athletes starred at Lakeview Centennial High School. But their stardom didn’t stop there.
This brother and sister duo was afforded the opportunity to play collegiate athletics, and both chose to continue their careers in Waxahachie at SAGU.
The relationship between a brother and sister is unlike any other. Add sports to the equation and the connection can be taken to a different level.
“It was pretty fun! We always had a good rivalry when I played basketball with her,” Styles said. “Basketball isn’t my best (game) and she would always beat me.”
“Then, when I started playing football, we came together as a team and began cheering for each other and pushing each other (to succeed).” Styles said.
Nia agrees. “At one point we both played basketball. He would tell me that he heard I scored 20 points and would say he scored 25. So I guess you could say we are kind of competitive. We want to come out on top.”
The sense of rivalry and making each other better didn’t just stop with traditional sports. It carried over into recreational ones as well.
Styles points out that “she may have been better than me at basketball, but when it comes to bowling I’m definitely better than her.”
When Nia heard he said that she laughed and made sure to clear up the debate.
“He isn’t “better than me at bowling,” she retorted. “It always goes back and forth, especially when we are with the family. Everyone in our family loves to compete with each another.”
Fraternal relationships are often competitive. Life wouldn’t be the same without being able to have others to compete with, especially when there is such a strong familial bond.
“We have competed in everything, even to see who could eat the fastest,” quipped Styles.
A lineage and heritage of competition fueled this relationship. It is only fitting that it would come from their parents.
“My dad played football in high school, and my mom was a cheerleader and softball player” Nia said.
But it doesn’t stop there. Styles mentioned there might be another future collegiate athlete in the family. “Our little brother plays football and basketball at Lakeview Centennial as well, and is a really good athlete.”
Nia, a 5-foot-8 guard, led SAGU in scoring as a sophomore by scoring 13.8 points per game. It ranked her in the Top 10 in the league in scoring. Her 15.4 ppg average was tops early this season before she was felled by an injury.
During his freshman campaign as a running back for the Lions, Styles picked up 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The six-foot, 185-pounder’s slashing style was on display during a 41-0 homecoming win over Haskell University when he rushed for 68 yards.
The pair had opportunities to play elsewhere, but they chose to attend SAGU.
“Football wise, I enjoy it (here) because it’s not too big and everyone is coming together as a team,” Styles explained. “It’s not too large and you can grow closer at this campus.”
“The school is supportive. If you do good or bad they always have your back.”
“I like being a part of a team that is supportive. It’s not about who is the best. We try to eliminate selfishness and a lot of that comes from our devotional talks about teamwork and trusting in the Lord,” he added.
Nia commented that SAGU’s “…environment is amazing! People always want to help you. You just can’t get that from any other school.”
SAGU has enjoyed the success and contributions that have been made by Nia and Styles. Their bond and their energy are inspiring.
It’s safe to say that two Winston’s are better than one.
About the Writer: Feature Article submitted by senior Jordan Knight. He is a former cornerback for the Lions and a starting leftfielder who hit three home runs for the SAGU baseball team. A P.K., he is an avid Texas Longhorns fan.
Knight graduated from Bryant H.S. in Bryant, Arkansas, a suburb next to Benton, just south of Little Rock.