Team BV celebrates another great season!

Team Brandon Valley closed out its seventh season last weekend. We had a great summer in the gym with 101 Team Brandon Valley athletes who worked hard and got better every week. Our coaches and staff are so grateful for the opportunity to work with these student athletes - and we can’t wait to cheer them on in the regular season! Today, we are thrilled to recognize our final 2019 players of the week.

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The 6th grade girls brought home a championship in their final tournament of the season.

 
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Jordyn Goehring, 4th grade: Coach Caden Deckert said Jordyn’s hard work all summer is showing in how much she has improved. Last weekend she played with tremendous effort all weekend. In addition, she hit several key shots to help her team end the summer with a win. Jordyn tells us she likes to play basketball because she can learn new things and spend time with her friends. She also likes to dance and play softball. Jordyn’s favorite BV athlete is Caden Deckert.

Haley Freking, 6th grade: Coach Terveer said Haley made crucial shots when her team needed them most. She was patient and looked to find an open teammate. On defense she pressured the ball exceptionally well and was up in the passing lanes. Haley was also a team player, the first one to congratulate her teammates after a good play and the first one to pick them up when they made a mistake. Haley tells she likes to play basketball because she likes to meet new people and work with a team. She also enjoys softball and volleyball. Haley’s favorite BV athlete is Trinity Law.

Cade Morgan, 6th grade: Coach Jurgens said Cade gave it his all during every game. He brought intensity to the defensive side of the court and energy to the offense. He is also a very coachable player, always ready to do his best and try something new. Cade tells us he likes to play Team BV because he can play with his friends and compete with players from outside of the area. He also plays football and soccer. His favorite BV athlete is Lukas Morgan.

Izzy Klumper, 7th grade: Coach Freking said Izzy worked extremely hard in all facets of the game. She play tenacious defense, handled the ball and got the team into offense. Her timely shooting helped to lead the team to a 4-1 weekend record. Izzy tells us her favorite subject in school is math. She loves to play basketball because she can be with her friends and push herself to get better. Her favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

Michael Alpers, 7th grade: Coach Jurgens said Michael played hard all weekend long. He had boundless energy that made a positive impact on the team’s momentum. He contributed on offense, making some key plays and baskets. He also had a strong weekend on the defensive side of the court. Michael tells us not only does he love to play basketball with his friends but it is also an important part of their family time. He says his favorite BV athlete is Zach Scholten.

Kaleb Briest, 7th grade: Coach Waltner said Kaleb truly gave it his all whenever he stepped on the court this weekend. He brought intensity on defense every single possession. On offense, he knocked down many shots helping his team gain an edge. Kaleb tells us he likes to play basketball because he gets to play with his friends. He also runs track. His favorite BV athlete is his brother, Kyler Briest.

Cole Dekker, 8th grade: Coach Scholten said Cole led his team offensively all weekend. He made multiple big shots to lead the team to two victories. Defensively, he idd a great job pressuring the ball and bringing energy to the team. Cole tells us he enjoys the competitive nature of playing Team Brandon with his friends. He also enjoys lifting weight. His favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

Max VanWesten, 9th grade: Coach Deckert said Max played with everything he had last weekend. He was constantly pressuring the ball and taking multiple charges each game - potentially having his elbows on the floor as often as he has his feet on the court! Max tells us his favorite thing about playing with Team Brandon is getting to travel with his friends and take on new competition. He also plays football. Max’s favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

Team BV is hot, hot, hot!

It was almost 100 degrees outside this weekend, but the real heat was on the Iowa Attack basketball court. Team BV traveled to Ames last weekend to play against some of Iowa’s best and brightest. The games did not disappoint - we had some exciting wins, some close games that had us on the edge of our seats, and had a whole lot of fun. We are thrilled to recognize these students athletes are our players of the week.

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Haley Bergan, 7th grade: Coach Freking says Haley gave it her all last weekend. She defended the ball full court and led the team with her ball-handling and press-breaking abilities. Haley led her team and contributed to all facets of the game with her actions on the court. Haley tells us she likes to play basketball because she gets to be with her friends - she especially likes traveling to tournaments and spending time off-the-court with her teammates. She also plays softball and runs track and cross country. Her favorite BV athlete is Lauren Wells.

Kaden Hanzel, 9th grade: Coach Waltner is recognizing Kaden for the tremendous effort he gave every time he was on the court this weekend. He was the best rebounder and defender on the court. He also did a great job attacking the rim and finding open teammates. Kaden tells us his favorite thing about Team Brandon is getting to spend weekends on the road with his teammates. He also enjoys lifting, swimming and spending time with his friends. Kaden’s favorite BV athlete is Nate Keegan.

Mason Padgett, 9th grade: Coach Schultz said Mason made plays consistently for the team from all parts of the floor, making him a hard player to take off the court. Whether it was scoring, rebounding or finding an open shooter, Mason did it all this weekend. Mason tells us he loves to play basketball because he likes the competition and getting to spend time with his friends. He also plays tennis. Mason’s favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

Payton Tietjen, 10th grade: Coach Deckert is recognizing Payton, noting that he played as consistently as he’s ever seen him play. During every game, Payton defended, rebounded and make big plays. Payton tells us he enjoys playing tournaments and spending time with his teammates on their travels. When he’s not playing basketball, he also enjoys video games. His favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

Team Brandon Valley is just heating up

Last weekend was time for our younger Team Brandon Valley players to turn up the heat as they participated in the Sacred Hoops Tournament in Sioux Falls. Our girls teams brought their A game and took home two championships and one runner-up medal. We are always proud of all our players, and are excited to recognize these student athletes as our players of the week.

These 4th grade and 7th grade teams brought home championship medals last weekend.

 
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Rayleigh Stultz, 4th grade: Coach Deckert is recognizing Rayleigh because she played with a high level of intensity throughout the weekend and did a great job of boxing out and controlling the boards. Her defensive effort against some very physical post players helped lead her team to a championship. Rayleigh tells us she likes to play basketball because she has so much fun with her friends. She also enjoys playing softball. Her favorite BV athlete is Emma Terveer.

Evie Hoff, 6th grade: Coach Terveer says Evie’s leadership was evident all weekend long. She consistently found ways to motivate her teammates, cheer on her teammates and pick them up whenever they were down. Along with being a leader, Evie handled the basketball well by getting the ball pushed up the court. She also always put good pressure on defense. Evie tells us she plays basketball because she gets to spend time with her friends as they work together to get better at the sport. She also enjoys volleyball and spending time with her sister. Evie’s favorite BV athlete is Hilary Behrens.

Mallory Babb, 7th grade: Coach Freking says Mallory works hard to put pressure on the ball and force the other team’s point guard to make mistakes. She is a fun loving teammate that brings excitement and enthusiasm to practices and games. Mallory tells us she likes to play basketball because it is fun to be with friends and get better together. She also enjoys track and volleyball. Mallory’s favorite BV athlete is Trinity Law.

Team BV heads north to compete in Moorhead

Team Brandon Valley had a busy weekend taking eight teams to Moorhead High School to compete. The players met some great competition, learned a lot - and even brought home a few medals. We are excited to recognize these athletes as our players of the week.

 
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Griffin Musser, 6th grade: Coach Schultz says Griffin was a consistent leader for his team this weekend. He seemed to always come up with big rebounds and buckets for the team. He also brought a lot of energy to the floor. Griffin tells us his favorite thing about playing basketball is watching the ball go through the hoop. He also plays football. His favorite BV athlete is Jackson Hilton.

Cailey Van Ruler, 7th grade: All weekend Cailey showed amazing effort and hustle, which is why Coach Terveer is recognizing her as a player of the week. During games she worked to get her teammates open looks. While working hard on defense, she also turned and ran the floor well. Most importantly, she was coachable - listening to her coaches to continuously improve her game. Cailey tells us she loves the competitive nature of playing basketball. She also plays softball and volleyball. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her friends.

Jax Nuebel, 8th grade: Coach Jurgens is recognizing Jax for his effort throughout the tournament. All weekend long he played hard and it showed - with Jax making a number of effort plays which had a positive impact for his team. That hard work, coupled with a great attitude, made him a key player last weekend. Jax tells us his whole family likes basketball so it is a sport they can all enjoy together. He also runs track. In his spare time he likes to hang out with his friends. His favorite BV athletes are Jackson Hilton and Zach Scholten.

Gabby Klinkhammer, 8th grade: Coach Freking says Gabby showed tremendous effort and work ethic in the tournament. She showed high energy on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. Her defensive effort against much bigger players helped to lead the team to a successful weekend. Gabby tells us she likes the competition and intensity of playing basketball. She also plays volleyball, runs track and enjoys swimming and water sports with her family. Her favorite BV athlete is Hannah Berhens.

Isaac Jarovski - 8th grade: Coach Waltner said Isaac led his team by being aggressive on both offense and defense. Each game he did a great job of distributing the ball and creating plays for his teammates. He continuously came up with big-time plays when the team needed it most. Isaac tells us his favorite thing about Team Brandon Valley is having fun with his teammates. He also plays football and runs track. His favorite BV athlete is Carter Olthoff.

Owen Van Es, 9th grade: Owen was a leader for his team this weekend - and Coach Scholten is recognizing him for his efforts. He did a great job of attacking the rim and finishing under the basket. He also made plays for his teammates and made countless tough shots to lead his team to a championship. Owen tells us his favorite thing about Team Brandon Valley is playing his favorite game with his friends. He also enjoys soccer and weight lifting. His favorite BV athlete is Drew Jurgens.

Riley Peyton, 10th grade: Riley was a consistent scorer all weekend long. Coach Walter said he was asked to guard the opposing team’s top players and responded with great effort. He was a key leader in each of the games he played. Riley tells us he likes to play with Team Brandon Valley because he can travel with his team and play in tournaments. Outside of basketball he also enjoys running in track and cross country as well as playing disc golf with his friends. His favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

Nate Lear, 11th grade: Coach Schultz said Nate showed great toughness on both ends of the floor last weekend. He was sacrificing his body to earn extra possessions for the good of his team. In each game he brought the energy and demeanor needed to win. Nate tells us he enjoys the competition of playing basketball as well as getting to be on the court with his teammates. In addition to basketball, he also participates in track and field. In his spare time he likes to hang out with friends and family.

Gavin Terhark, 12th grade: Coach Deckert said Gavin was solid all weekend long. When we needed him to play well, he stepped up and played great. The extra time he spends in the weight room and getting in extra shots is showing in his confidence level. Gavin tells us he plays basketball because he enjoys being a part of a team. His favorite thing about Team Brandon is hitting the road and playing in tournaments. When he isn’t working out, he likes to play video games and spend time with his friends.








Let's hear it for the girls!

Our girls teams have patiently been waiting for their time to compete - and last weekend it was finally their turn to shine. All three of our girls teams hit the courts in Harrisburg and we are so proud of their hard work and competitive spirit. All of our teams played well and the 7th graders even came home with a first place finish in the silver division. We are especially proud to honor them and these three players of the week.

 
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Shelby Bergan, 4th grade: Coach Caden Deckert is recognizing Shelby for her hard work last weekend. On defense she demonstrated great ball pressure which paid off in several key steals. As the point guard, she faced tough opponents but kept her composure as she sliced and diced through the full court pressure. Shelby tells us she loves to play basketball because she wants to be active and play with her friends. She also plays softball and enjoys running. She’s looking forward traveling and playing more basketball this summer.

 

Libby Klein, 6th grade: Coach Terveer is recognizing Libby because she plays with determination regardless of the score. Last weekend she was constantly on the ground or diving through the air to save balls from going out of bounds. Libby attacked the offensive glass and got to the line to make key free throws. She tells us her favorite basketball memory is going undefeated with her third grade team. In addition to basketball, she plays cello and piano. She plans to join the track team next year. Libby’s favorite BV athlete is Jackson Hilton.

 

Kennedi Deckert, 7th grade: Coach Freking is lifting up Kennedi because she consistently worked hard throughout the tournament - leading the team to a 4-1 record. Kennedi showed intensity on defense especially when guarding the ball and putting pressure on the passing lanes. She assisted her team by driving to the basket and finding her teammates. Kennedi tells us her favorite basketball memories include time spent with her teammates off the court doing activities like laser tag. She also plays golf and volleyball. Kennedi’s favorite BV athlete is her older brother, Caden Deckert.

Team BV competes in Iowa

Last weekend our varsity players hit the road - heading south to compete at the “Battle in the Metro” tournament in Des Moines, IA. Our players “battled” through four games in a single day and showed their perseverance and grit against some tough competitors. We are proud of all of our players, and especially excited to recognize this Player of the Week.

 
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Aydin Lloyd, 10th grade - Coach Scholten says Aydin played hard at all times in every game last weekend. He was a leader on the court. Regardless of the score, he was always encouraging and pushing his teammates to be their best. In addition to basketball, Aydin also plays football and enjoys cars and spending time at the racetrack. He tells us his favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

Getting better every day

Team Brandon Valley was back in action last weekend at the Sanford Pentagon and it was fun to see our players get better with through every game! Today we are thrilled to recognize four stand-out athletes as our players of the week.

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Dylan Jahraus, 6th grade: Coach Scholten said Dylan was a very coachable athlete all weekend. He was impactful on offense with his scoring and vocal leadership and with ball pressure on defense. Dylan tells us his favorite thing about Team Brandon is learning new plays and new things to do on the court. He also enjoys baseball, football, hunting and fishing. Dylan’s favorite BV athlete is Carter Olthoff.

Caden Dowd, 7th grade: Coach Jurgens said Caden was a serious defensive threat last weekend. He played with heart and locked down the opposing teams’ best players. Caden tells us he plays basketball because it is fun to be on the court with all of his friends. He also plays football, baseball and runs track. He says his favorite BV athlete is Carter Olthoff.

Michael Alpers, 7th grade: Coach Waltner was impressed with Michael’s offensive work this weekend. He was a consistent threat and scored consistently for his team. He was also asked to guard the opposing teams’ best players and did a great job. Michael tells us not only does he love to play basketball with his friends but it is also an important part of their family time. He says his favorite BV athlete is Zach Scholten.

Mason McManus, 9th grade: Coach Schultz is recognizing Mason because of his outstanding effort last weekend. Mason came up with multiple key rebounds which put his team in great positions throughout the tournament. He also battled on defense and pushed the pace on offense. Mason tells us his favorite thing about playing with Team Brandon Valley is traveling to tournaments with his friends. In addition to basketball he also runs track and enjoys swimming, hiking and boating. His favorite BV athletes are Carter Olthoff and Evan Talcott.

And the 2019 journey begins ...

We are thrilled to celebrate our sixth season of Team Brandon Valley basketball! This year 95 student athletes are hitting the gym and getting better every day! Our first tournament of 2019 is already in the books - after taking four teams to Harrisburg last weekend we’re thrilled to announce our first players of the week.

Three cheers to our varsity team for “bringing home the hardware” with their first tournament championship of the season. We’re returning quite a bit of talent this year and can’t wait to see them in action this spring and summer.

Three cheers to our varsity team for “bringing home the hardware” with their first tournament championship of the season. We’re returning quite a bit of talent this year and can’t wait to see them in action this spring and summer.

 
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Jake Kospsas, 6th grade: Coach Jurgens is proud to recognize Jake for his work on the court this weekend. He said Jake played hard throughout the tournament and had some impressive hustle plays. Jake tells us he loves basketball because he has fun every time he steps onto the court. He also plays football and baseball.

 

Jack Thue, 7th grade: Jack impressed Coach Waltner this weekend with his energy on both offense and defense. He worked to push the ball and pressured full court. Jack tells us he plays Team Brandon Valley basketball because he enjoys getting better and having fun. He also plays football and runs track. Jack’s favorite BV athlete is Jackson Hilton.

 

Max VanWesten, 9th grade: Coach Scholten said Max is always one of the hardest workers on the floor. He gives his all to compete and does whatever it takes to win. Max tells us he enjoys playing playing Team Brandon Valley basketball because he gets to travel to new places and play against new teams during every tournament. He also plays football. Max’s favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

 

Jackson Hilton, 10th grade: Coach Schultz said Jackson brought a lot of juice to both ends of the floor last weekend. He was asked to guard the best players and was our most consistent scorer. Jackson tells us his favorite thing about playing Team Brandon Valley basketball is being on the court with his teammates, many of whom he’s been playing with since elementary school. He also plays football. Jackson’s favorite BV athlete is Chase Marso.






Team BV 2018: What a ride!

This spring and summer we had 42 practices, 11 tournaments, 8 teams and shared innumerable memories that will last a lifetime. We won some, lost some and grew every day during Team Brandon Valley 2018. Today we get to celebrate all of those milestones as well as our final Players of the Week from the OSA Tournament in Omaha. 

A few highlights:

- The high school boys ended the season with a championship trophy in Omaha.
- The 6th grade girls team had a very strong season, bringing home 2nd place trophies in 4 of 6 tournaments, including a 2nd place finish in Omaha. 
- The high school team had an impressive record of 36 wins and 10 losses throughout the spring and summer seasons.

High school boys sweep the Omaha tourney and bring home the first place hardware.

High school boys sweep the Omaha tourney and bring home the first place hardware.

6th grade girls end an impressive season with a 2nd place finish in Omaha. 

6th grade girls end an impressive season with a 2nd place finish in Omaha. 

 
 
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Julia Ask, 5th grade: Coach Terveer was impressed with how Julia battled on the offensive glass at the Omaha tournament. She battled against some girls who were much bigger than her, but never backed down. Julia was a team player - setting ball screens and stepping up in a big way when needed. She also hit an over-time buzzer beater to clinch a win for her team. Julia tells us her favorite subject in school is science, and she plans to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Julia's favorite thing about playing basketball is working hard on defense. Her favorite BV athlete is Hannah Berhens.

 

 

 

Kennedi Deckert, 6th grade: Coach Klumper said Kennedi played extremely well throughout the OSA tournament. Her team could count on her to handle the ball against the press and get the team into the offense. Kennedi made a ton of big shots in leading her team to a 2nd place finish. She has a tremendous ability to push the ball up the court and find the open teammate. As a guard, Kennedi also does very well on the boards, ripping down the ball with fire and fury. She played with a competitive spirit all weekend. Kennedi tells us she plans to be a doctor when she grows up. Her favorite favorite basketball memory was from a tournament last year when she made a deep three point shot with only four seconds left in the game. Her favorite BV athlete is her older brother, Caden Deckert.

 

Isabel Klumper, 6th grade: Coach Klumper said throughout the Omaha tournament, Isabel showed toughness and aggression game after game. On defense, Isabel made life miserable for the girl she was guarding, putting forth maximum effort to shut her opponent down. Isabel shows awesome hustle on defense both on the ball and as a help defender. Offensively, Isabel hit key shots throughout the tournament and spent a lot of the time successfully handling the ball against pressure. Isabel played with a competitive spirit all weekend. Isabel tells us her favorite subject in school is math. She loves to play basketball because she can be with her friends and push herself to get better. Her favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

 

Jax Nuebel, 6th grade: Coach Waltner was proud of how Jax stepped up for his team every single game in Omaha. His team members looked to him to control the ball, the game tempo and to get his team into the offense. When his team needed a basket he would take it into his own hands by getting to the rim or making a beautiful pass to a teammate. He got up and guarded full court on defense - making more than one of his opponents uncomfortable. Jax tells us his favorite subject in school is math and he plans to be an NBA player when he grows up. His favorite thing about playing basketball is making baskets! Jax said he favorite BV athlete is Zach Scholten.

 

 

Cole Dekker, 7th grade: The coaches loved Cole's effort during the Omaha tournament. No matter the score, Cole gave his maximum effort on every single play. On offense he took control by aggressively getting the ball to the rim. Each defensive possession he got up and guarded the full court - giving his team the energy they needed. Cole tells us his favorite subject in school is science and he plans to be a basketball player when he grows up. His favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

 

Max VanWesten, 8th grade: Coach Scholten loves how Max plays his tail off each and every game. He brings a toughness to the team that each coach sees and loves. Max is not afraid to put his body on the line for his teammates - and took multiple charges during the Omaha tournament. He is very coachable, always listening to his coaches and working to implement that direction.  Max tells us he plans to be a radiologist when he grows up. His most memorable basketball moment is winning the YMCA championship. Max shared his favorite BV athlete is Chase Marso.

 

 

 

Brock Van Oort, 8th grade: Coach Jurgens was excited about Brock's energy during the Omaha tournament. In addition to being a spark plug for his teammates, he knocked down a huge three-pointer and had a key free-throw to help secure our first win of the weekend against the top team in the division. He showed great effort in every game. Brock tells us his favorite thing about playing basketball is the competition. His most memorable basketball moment was winning a game against some tough, and really tall, competition. Brock's favorite BV athlete is Jake Adams.

 

 

 

Dawson Johnson, 9th grade: Coach Deckert said that Dawson is a smart player who consistently puts himself in great positions to make plays and to assist other players on the team. His team went undefeated in the Omaha tournament and Dawson was a huge part of that record. He shot the ball incredibly well in multiple games. Overall, he had a great summer of basketball. Dawson tells us his favorite subject is english and he plans to be an accountant when he grows up. His favorite basketball moment is winning the final game of middle school in a buzzer-beater shot. His favorite BV athlete is Nic Peterson. 

 

 

 

 

Team Brandon girls compete at Augustana University

Our Team Brandon Valley girls took on some hot competition at Augustana last weekend. Both teams demonstrated perseverance and heart in as they battled on the court -  and each had an exciting comeback game! We are so proud of these athletes for their grit, sportsmanship and teamwork! Both the Team Brandon Valley boys and girls will be back in action this weekend in Omaha, NE. Check back next week as we celebrate our Team Brandon Valley athletes in our final post of the season.

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Izzy Kirlin, 5th grade: Coach Terveer said Izzy played outstanding defense all weekend long. She was up in the passing lanes, made guards work to get the ball up the court, and got to the help side. She played in a great stance. On offense, Izzy took care of the basketball and got her team started on offense. Towards the end of the tournament she started to become a threat on her drive. Throughout the entire weekend one thing that Izzy was exceptional at was her attitude. She built her teammates up and was very coachable. Izzy tells us her favorite subject in school is math. When she grows up she plays to be a professional soccer or basketball player. She plays basketball because she enjoys learning and getting better. Izzy's favorite BV athletes are Hannah Berhens and her big brother,
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Haley Bergan, 6th grade: Coach Klumper said Haley played with high energy throughout the grueling six-game tournament. She defended her opponent with relentless tenacity. Haley gave max effort and did not whisper the slightest complaint about being tasked with a most difficult assignment of pressuring the ball full court, game after game. As the sweat beads poured from her forehead, the steals continued to pile up. Offensively, Haley did a tremendous job of cutting to the basket with purpose, leaving her defender in the dust. She also made some nice mid-range shots. On many occasions, she used her cheetah-like reflexes to make a steal and finish the fast break layup. In the championship game, she helped lead the comeback with her aggression and competitive spirit. Haley tells us  her favorite subject in school is math and she plans to be a doctor when she grows up. She enjoys playing basketball with her friends - and especially likes to play defense.  Haley's favorite BV athlete is Trinity Law.

 

Team Brandon Valley turns up the heat

The summer temperatures aren't slowing down our Team Brandon Valley athletes! Over the past two weeks our players brought the heat to competition at Augustana University and the Sanford Pentagon. We're excited to lift up these "hot" players for all their accomplishments and hard work.

The Team Brandon Valley 6th grade girls earned second place medals at the Augustana University tournament.

The Team Brandon Valley 6th grade girls earned second place medals at the Augustana University tournament.

 
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Evie Hoff, 5th grade: Coach Terveer is pleased to recognize Evie for her work at the Augustana tournament - but also for her outstanding effort at practice all week! Whether in the game, or practice, Evie does her best. Her defensive stand makes it hard for a player to score off of her. She dives on the floor and saves the ball from going out of bounds. On the offensive end, she is a leader and helps her teammates when they need it. Evie is the first one off the bench to encourage her teammates - making her an exceptional teammate. Evie tells us she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Her favorite thing about playing basketball is getting better and having fun with her friends. Evie's favorite BV athletes are Caden Deckert and Trinity Law.

 

 

Paisley Hoff, 6th grade: Paisley did a great job throughout the entire tournament last weekend at Augustana. Coach Klumper said she showed tremendous effort and hustle. Time and time again, Paisley hit the boards with reckless abandon, both on offense and defense. Many of those offensive rebounds were turned into put-back layups. As a defender, Paisley showed a lot of grit and toughness, flying around the court to trap or stop the ball. On offense, Paisley did a great job of being aggressive with the ball, going strong to the basket. She also knocked down some really nice jump shots. Paisley tells us her favorite subject in school is science and she wants to be an endocrinologist when she grows up. Her favorite BV athlete is Caden Deckert.

 

 

Isaac Jarvoski, 6th grade: This weekend, Isaac led his team on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor. Coach Waltner said that when his team needed a spark, Isaac stepped up and made key plays. His coach was especially impressed with the amount of effect Isaac put into every single play. Isaac tells us his favorite subject in school is math and he plans to be a teacher when he grows up. Isaac's favorite basketball accomplishment is scoring ten points in one minute! He tells us his favorite BV athlete is Carter Olthoff.

 

Austin Brummels, 6th grade: Coach Meyer said Austin was fearless in each game he played. He was the first one up and down the court, getting to the rim and taking the big shots. Austin showed resiliency and coachability in each game. Austin tells us his favorite subject in school is math and he plans to be a doctor when he grows up. His favorite thing about playing basketball is taking on tough competition. Austin's favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

 

Nathan VanDeBerg, 7th grade:  Coach Jurgens said Nate did a great job this weekend with especially on rebounding. No one could match his effect on the boards. He also helped his team with some key jump shots on the offensive side of the court. Nate tells us he wants to be an engineer when he grows up. His favorite thing about playing basketball is dunking and his most memorable accomplishment was making a buzzer beater shot in 6th grade. Nate's favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

 

Brady Koupal, 8th grade: Brady played with excellent energy on the floor all weekend, which was infectious to his teammates. He was always communicating with teammates and was an extremely coachable athlete all weekend. Coach Scholten said Brady played with confidence on both ends of the floor, allowing him to score many points and grab multiple rebounds. Brady tells us his favorite subject in school is history. He thrives on the competition of playing basketball and lists a game tying shot as his most memorable achievement to date. Brady's favorite BV athlete is Drew Jurgens.

 

Christian Jepperson, 8th grade: Christian showed a lot of toughness in the post last weekend, particularly while he was on defense. Coach Schultz said he forced good players into taking tough shots and did a great job of rebounding with a lot of contact from the opposing players. Christian tells us his favorite subject in school is science and he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. His most memorable basketball achievement is beating Memorial Middle School. His favorite BV athlete is Carter Olthoff.

 

 

 

Mason Rolfson, 9th grade: Coach Deckert said when Mason puts his mind toward defending he's a handful for any ball handing guard. This weekend he stood out for his hard work and the extra possessions he got our team through pressure defense and offensive rebounding. Mason tells us his favorite subject in school is science. His most memorable basketball achievement is going undefeated during his freshman year. Mason's favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Dale Moss.

Adventures in roller coasters and basketball

Team Brandon Valley had a busy weekend in Des Moines – taking on the roller coasters at the Adventureland theme park on Friday and some stiff competition on the basketball court on Saturday and Sunday. Overall, Team Brandon had 20 wins with four teams in championship games! Needless to say, our coaches are pretty proud of all our players and especially happy to lift up these Team Brandon Valley Players of the Week.

Our sixth grade girls battled into the championship and earned second place medals.

Our sixth grade girls battled into the championship and earned second place medals.

The 14U team dribbled their way into the championship round and earned 2nd place.

The 14U team dribbled their way into the championship round and earned 2nd place.

We're missing a couple of players in this photo - but wanted to recognize our 15U team for their hard-fought championship game and second place medals.

We're missing a couple of players in this photo - but wanted to recognize our 15U team for their hard-fought championship game and second place medals.

The 16U team earned a spot in the championship round and brought home 2nd place.

The 16U team earned a spot in the championship round and brought home 2nd place.

 
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Raygin Bohn, 6th grade: Team Brandon history was made as Raygin Bohn took seven charges throughout the tournament. With a feat that has never been done before in any Team Brandon Tournament, Raygin is certainly deserving of Player of the Week. Coach Klumper noted that in addition to her charges, she gobbled up every rebound in sight and brought her typical maximum aggression on every play.  Raygin tells us her favorite subject is social studies. What she likes most about playing basketball is having fun with her friends. Her favorite BV athlete is Felicity Klinkhammer.

 

Austin Brummels, 6th grade: Coach Scholten was proud of how hard Austin played on both ends of the floor last weekend. He owned the offensive end of the court and did an excellent job of waiting for screens – which resulted in multiple three point shots. Austin was a very coachable player and continued to improve through every game. Austin tells us he plans to be a doctor when he grows up. He is motivated by competition, which is his favorite thing about playing basketball. He also shared his favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

 

 

Dylan Langerock, 7th grade:  Dylan’s coach shared that he played with intensity last weekend, treating every possession like it was the most important of the game. He attacked the rim and quickly got his team into the offense. Dylan hit some clutch shots that sealed two victories for the team. Dylan tells us he wants to work in the sports industry when he grown up. His most memorable basketball memory is a special buzzer-beater shot that he made against Lennox in the Hardwood Challenge. His favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner.

 

Brady Giles, 8th grade: Coach Deckert shared that Brady was floor leader for his team all weekend long. Playing with only six players all weekend meant Brady logged in a lot of minutes and took care of the basketball all weekend. Brady's favorite subject in school is math and he plans to be an orthodontist when he grows up. His most memorable basketball moment was beating Sioux Falls rival Memorial Middle School. Brady's favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

 

 

 

Riley Peyton, 8th grade: Coach Schultz noted that Riley was a consistent scorer for his team and shot the ball especially well from the three point line.  Riley tells us his favorite subject in school is science. His most memorable basketball moment was making a game winning shot for his team. His favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

 

 

 

 

Tyler Westcott, 9th grade: Coach Jurgens noted that Tyler showcased his leadership skills on the court right away this weekend. He showed great effort in every game. He did a great job of communicating with his teammates on the floor. Tyler really impressed his coach with how he stepped up his game to help his team go all the way to the JV championship. Tyler tells us his favorite subject in school is math. In his spare time he plays more basketball and video games with his friends.

 

 

 

 

Jaksen Deckert, 9th grade: Coach Schultz lifted up Jaksen’s hard work on both ends of the floor last weekend. He was a three-point sharp shooter for the varsity team in Des Moines and did a great job of creating shots for other teammates. He was asked to guard some exceptional players and did a good job of forcing them into tough shots. Jaksen tells us he enjoys science class and plans to be a teacher when he grows up. His favorite basketball memory is going undefeated during his freshman year at BVHS. His favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

Team BV has eight teams at the SD Heat Hardwood Classic

The Sanford Pentagon and Augustana Elmen Center were full of Team BV's signature red and black this weekend with eight of our teams competing in the SD Heat Hardwood Classic. Our teams had some great competition and got better with every game. Today, we get to celebrate their hard work by honoring our players of the week.

This 9th-10th grade team had a strong performance at the Sanford Pentagon this weekend, going undefeated against some great AAU competition from Minnesota and South Dakota. Congratulations to these 16U champs!

This 9th-10th grade team had a strong performance at the Sanford Pentagon this weekend, going undefeated against some great AAU competition from Minnesota and South Dakota. Congratulations to these 16U champs!

 
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Madison Schlotman, 5th grade: Coach Terveer was impressed with Madison's work on the court this weekend. She said Madison played with great intensity on defense by diving for loose balls and making it hard for any player to get the ball up the court. On offense she got the ball to the hoop by going up strong. She was unselfish with the ball and made great passes to her post and other open teammates. Madison tells us her favorite thing about basketball is getting to play with her friends. When she grows up she wants to play professional sports. Her favorite BV athlete is her older brother, Hunter Schlotman.

 

Raygin Bohn, 6th grade: Raygin put forth amazing effort and hustle all weekend. Coach Klumper said she hit the boards with extreme aggression and ripped down the ball with all her strength. Raygin worked tirelessly in the post and when given the opportunity, drove to the basket really well. She also hit some key shots and knocked down a bunch of free throws.  Raygin tells us her most memorable basketball moment was when she clinched a competitive game with a last minute free-throw. When she grows up, Raygin wants to be an architect. Her favorite BV Athlete is DWU Commit Felicity Klinkhammer. 


Joey DeWitt, 6th grade: Joey brought energy to his team all weekend. Coach Waltner said each game he got up into passing lanes getting steals and turning them into quick offensive plays. He continued to box out well securing some important rebounds. On offense, Joey controlled the ball well and hit multiple deep threes to spark the offense. Joey tells us he likes to study social studies in school and he plans to be an eye doctor when he grows up. His favorite basketball memory is winning the league championship. His favorite BV athlete is Zach Scholten.


 

Jax Nuebel, 6th grade: Coach Myers said Jax showed he was a team leader this weekend. He shouldered the load offensively and got his teammates into the right spots. He played tough with few breaks. He got to the rim  and took a lot of contact. Every time he was knocked down he jumped back up and got on defense to guard the best opposing player. Jax shared he likes to study math in school. His favorite basketball memory is making a clutch shot for his team. Jax's favorite BV athlete is Zach Scholten. 

 



Mason Padgett, 8th grade: Coach Schultz said Mason showed toughness on both ends of the floor this weekend. He played a lot of heavy minutes and continued to deliver in key moments of the game. Mason shared his favorite thing about playing basketball is getting to spend time on the court with his friends. When he's not playing basketball he likes to cheer for the Lakers. His favorite BV athlete is Evan Talcott.

 



Mason McManus, 8th grade: Coach Jurgens said he was proud of Mason's grit this weekend. Through many ups and downs he continued to work hard. He fought through adversity and stayed focused on the game. Mason tells us he like to study science and he plans to use that in his future career as a dentist. His favorite thing about playing basketball is spending time on the court with his friends. His favorite BV athlete is Drew Jurgens.

 

 



Jackson Hilton, 9th grade: Coach Deckert said Jackson is a special player who was a difference maker throughout the weekend. Jackson rarely left the floor and consistently made plays on both ends of the court. Jackson shared his favorite basketball memory is shooting a game winning bucket again Memorial Middle School. Jackson enjoys computer class and plans to be a professional basketball player when he grows up. His favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss. 

Team Brandon Valley travels to Omaha

The Team Brandon Valley boys and girls traveled south this weekend to take on some great competition at the Mark and the Fieldhouse in Omaha. As always, our athletes were ready to play and had a strong showing. This hard work is being recognized, earning our boys varsity team the #5 spot in the Prep Hoop Dakotas area 17U top basketball teams. Way to go!

The Team Brandon Valley varsity players earned a first place finish at the Omaha Sports Academy tournament last weekend.

The Team Brandon Valley varsity players earned a first place finish at the Omaha Sports Academy tournament last weekend.

 
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Bria Cady, 6th grade: Bria Cady had a solid tournament on both offense and defense last weekend. Coach Klumper said she played offense with an aggressive mindset, taking the ball strong to the basket. She did a nice job of catching the pass ready to shoot and knocked down key shots. On defense, Bria was always in the right position, either to cut her girl off from driving or rotating over to help her teammates. In all four games, Bria, who is very coachable, showed great hustle and effort. When Bria grows up she tells us she wants to play in the WNBA and her favorite thing about playing basketball is getting to meet new people. She shared the Brandon Valley athlete she most admires is Mara Schaap.

 

Alex Tietjen, 11th grade: Alex brought his play to a new level this weekend, aggressively dominating on both ends of the floor. Coach Scholten said he had countless blocks and points to help lead our team to a championship win. Alex tells us his favorite subject in school is science and he plans to be an engineer when he grows up. His favorite thing about playing basketball is getting to travel with his friends. His most memorable basketball memory goes back to 5th grade, when teammate Evan Talcott made a key basket while falling out of bounds. 

 

 

Tyler Westcott, 9th grade: Tyler has been Mr. Consistent this year. His coaches commend Tyler for always playing with a high energy level. They love that he gives the same level of effort whether it's practice or a game and whether his team is winning or losing. In fact, Tyler says his favorite part of playing basketball is the fast pace of the sport. Tyler is a great teammate and a super kid. When he is older he wants to be a mechanical engineer and his all-time favorite BV player is Matt VandenBerg. 

Team Brandon Valley players shine at the Sanford Pentagon

Last weekend our players and families were doing double-time at the Sanford Pentagon: playing games and running book and clock. The busy schedule sure didn't slow our players down - which means we get to recognize another crop of stand-out athletes.

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These Team Brandon Valley 6th and 7th graders earned a first place finish at the Sanford Pentagon Spring Slam last weekend.

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Lukas Morgan, 6th grade: Lukas did an outstanding job on defense last weekend, shutting down some very good players. His success on the defensive side of the court isn't a surprise - he tells us blocking shots is his favorite thing about playing basketball. Coach Jurgens said he performed well against the press and made some key plays to help his team win 3 of 4 games during the tournament. When Lukas grows up he wants to be a soccer player. His favorite sports team is the Cleveland Cavaliers and when he's in school his favorite subject is science.

 

Isaac Jarovski, 6th grade: Isaac Jarovski gave it is his all in four games this past weekend and showcased his leadership skills on the court. Coach Waltner said possession after possession he led his team - directing them into the offense and into a position to score. He controlled the tempo throughout the game, making him a key player to keep on the floor. When he grows up he wants to be a teacher and his favorite subject in school is math. Isaac tells us his favorite basketball memory is a special game when he made ten points in one minute!

 

 

Kaden Hanzel, 8th grade: Kaden plays hard all of the time and is an aggressive rebounder. He is an incredibly coachable athlete and a great teammate. Coach Scholten said one thing that stood out this weekend was how encouraging Kaden is to his entire team. In his spare time Kaden likes to play basketball with his friends and noted his favorite basketball memory is when his team won two tournaments in a row. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is incoming senior, Evan Talcott.

 

 

Max Van Westen, 8th grade: Coach Deckert says it is fun to watch Max complete because of how hard he plays during every possession. The pace of the game immediately changes when he is on the floor. Max tells us his favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Chase Marso. In his spare time he likes to play basketball with his friends and his favorite basketball memory is winning the YMCA championship game. 

 

 

 

Cole Borchardt, 8th grade: Cole knows how to own the floor and control the pace of the game. Coach Deckert says Cole consistently forced an uncomfortable pace for each of our opponents this weekend. Cole tells us his favorite subject in school is PE. When he grows up he wants to be an MMA figher. His most memorable basketball moment is winning against Memorial Middle School. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Evan Talcott.

 

 

Jace Christoffer, 9th grade: Jace had a great opportunity to step up this weekend and he did just that. According to Coach Waltner, Jace was a leader on and off the court all weekend long. His team looked to him in crucial moments and he answered with big time shots. When he grows up, Jace plans to be a pilot. He tells us his favorite thing about basketball is putting the ball into the hoop. His most memorable basketball moment was making a half court shot just before the half-time buzzer. 

 

 

Carter Olthoff, 11th grade: Carter was a difference maker in every game he placed this weekend. Coach Schultz said he's got next level ability and played like it all weekend long. When things got tough, he buckled down and just played harder. 

A little snow won't stop this team!

Mother Nature made it feel like winter – but couldn’t slow down our spring tournament kick-off! Our 6-8th grade boys traveled to Omaha, escaped the snowstorm and enjoyed games against some great Midwest teams. Today we get to celebrate our stand-out players from the tournament.

These Team Brandon Valley 8th graders battled their way to first place in Omaha last weekend.

These Team Brandon Valley 8th graders battled their way to first place in Omaha last weekend.

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Michael Alpers, 6th grade: Michael had a stand-out tournament showcasing what it means to be a great teammate and player. Coach Jurgens was impressed with how Michael pushed the ball and made crucial plays at the end of the last game. Michael shared that his favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Zach Scholten and when he grows up he wants to be a basketball player. Michael’s favorite subject in school is science and in his spare time he likes to play Fortnite.

 

 

 

Josh Olthoff, 6th grade: Josh played with a physical presence in the post and secured numerous rebounds in Omaha. Coach Waltner said that play after play he made smart decisions with the ball by turning and scoring or finding his open teammates. Josh gave it his all throughout the whole tournament which led to a very impressive weekend. Josh’s favorite Brandon Valley athlete his brother, and incoming Brandon Valley senior, Carter Olthoff. Josh’s favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox. When he grows up he wants to be a professional athlete.

 

TJ Hanson, 8th grade: This weekend TJ was the ultimate leader on the court. He knew where everyone was supposed to be and played Team Brandon basketball the right way. TJ was an anchor on defense with extreme intensity and ball pressure. Coach Scholten said TJ is the glue for the 8th grade team. TJ’s favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Evan Talcott. When he grows up he wants to be a doctor. TJ tells us his favorite thing about basketball is playing hard and doing his best.

 

 

 

Ryan Doll, 8th grade: This weekend Ryan was consistently guarding the opposing team’s best player while handling the ball for Team Brandon Valley. This allowed him to make game-changing plays on both ends of the floor. Coach Schultz said Ryan demonstrated the work ethic and toughness all Lynx players should strive to achieve. Ryan tells us his favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Jake Adams. His favorite thing about playing basketball is working hard on defense and hitting three-pointers. His favorite basketball memory involves making a key block during last year’s game against Edison.

 

 

Another season is in the books

We have had a great summer! The gyms were full, the coaches were hustling and our amazing Team Brandon Valley players were growing in their basketball skills every day. Last week our boys played some great games at the Pentagon and this weekend our girls were in action here in Sioux Falls. With all those games, you can be sure we have some great players to celebrate today!

 
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Hayden Anderson, 5th grade: Hayden’s teammates sure appreciate his grit, especially when he played at the Pentagon last week. His coaches noted he put his body on the line for his team and never gave up. Hayden always plays hard and his coachable attitude makes him an important part of the team. Hayden says his favorite movie is “Benchwarmers” and his favorite professional athlete is Kevin Durant. He is enjoying spending the summer with his friends and notes Team Brandon Valley coach, Zach Scholten, is his favorite BV athlete.

Haley Bergen, 6th grade: Haley had an outstanding tournament and was critical to the team’s success throughout the weekend. She handled the ball well against three pressing teams and was the most consistent scorer throughout the weekend. The best advice Haley’s parents have given her is to “Never give up.” Haley plans to be an orthodontist when she grows up. She loves to play basketball in her spare time and notes Alex Waltner as her favorite BV athlete.

 

 

Cole Dekker, 6th grade: Cole did a great job on attacking the defense and getting buckets when the team was in need. His coach notes that Cole’s team responds positively to the special spark Cole brings with him on the court. Cole says the best advice he’s received from his parents is “Never give up.” He loves basketball and tells us he plays every day. He enjoys keeping up with his friends through SnapChat.

 

 

 

 

Riley Peyton, 7th grade: Last weekend Riley did everything he could to put his team in a position to win – whether it was handling the ball, guarding some pretty large opponents or going for a rebound. His coaches note he gave his all on both the defensive and offensive sides of the court. Riley tells us his favorite movie is Star Wars. He loves basketball, sharing he would play all day if he could. Which is good as he plans to play in the NBA when he grows up. Riley’s favorite BV athlete is Chase Marso.

 

 

Dawson Johnson, 8th grade: Dawson made some big shots throughout the tournament at the Pentagon. The crowd kept responding as he hit shot after shot! Dawson’s coach pointed out how well he handled the ball and what an impact he made on the boards. Dawson tells us he plays to be a stock broker when he grows up. He lists tennis great Roger Federer as his favorite professional athlete and Chase Marso as his favorite BV athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Hilton, 8th grade: Jackson played some great basketball at the Pentagon. His high skill level was on full display, even playing against older competition. He helped lead the team offensively and defensively at key times during the tournament. Jackson says his favorite sport, favorite pastime and future career all involve basketball. The incoming freshman notes Dale Moss as his favorite BV athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

Aydin Lloyd, 8th grade: Aydin elevated his game right when his teammates needed him last weekend. Whether it was a big basket, key rebound or great assist, Aydin’s skills, competitive demeanor and basketball IQ were on full display . Aydin is one of our most coachable kids, constantly searching for ways to improve his game and help the team. He says the best advice he had from his parents is, “When it’s your opportunity, play hard.” Aydin plans to play in the NBA and lifts up Dale Moss as his favorite BV athlete.

 

 

 

Max Wilde, 12th grade: Max’s coaches lift him up for being an intelligent, humble and unselfish athlete. He is one of our top screeners and is willing to guard any position on the floor. Max had another fine tournament at the Pentagon, helping his team to two wins on Saturday. Max’s coaches know he is a player they can always count on. Max says he plans to work as a sports trainer when he graduates from college. The best advice he’s received from his parents is “The cream rises to the top.”  Max notes his favorite professional athlete is Kevin Durant and he has two favorite BV athletes: Chase Marso and his older brother, Alex Wilde.

 

 

Team BV's youngest players shine at Augustana tournament

The Team Brandon Valley season is winding down, but we still have plenty of time to celebrate our players. Today we'll lift up some of our youngest athletes who battled for boards and made big plays during the Augustana Tournament during the weekend of July 8-9. Stay tuned for our final post when we celebrate our athletes from the Pentagon tournament last weekend.

Team BV 6th graders brought home the hardware with a second place finish.

Team BV 6th graders brought home the hardware with a second place finish.

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Brady Thompson – 5th grade: We had some great guards play this weekend, but no one plays with the same intensity as Brady. He was matched up against some pretty large players throughout the tournament, but Brady never backed down. Brady tells us he plans to play in the NBA when he grows up. The best advice he has received from his parents is “Never give up.” His favorite BV athlete is Team BV coach, Drew Jurgens.

 

 

 

Jack Tews – 5th grade: Jack's hard work is paying off - he's has had a great summer and has seen his basketball skills grow. He’s focused on rebounding and is one of the best screeners on the team. Jack will be a player to keep your eye on again next season. He shares that the best advice he has received from his parents is to “Work out” which is why we see him so often in the gym. His favorite sport is basketball and he intends to join the NBA when he grows up. His favorite BV athlete is Drew Jurgens.

 

 

 

Bria Cady – 6th grade: Bria’s coaches were excited with Bria’s play at the Augustana tournament. They note that she was playing with intensity – always looking to take the ball to the basket and score. Her awareness of everything happening on the court makes her a valuable asset to the team. When Bria grows up she wants to be a chiropractor. The best advice she’s received from her parents is to "Always try your best." Bria shared that she likes to keep up with her friends through her favorite app: SnapChat. Bria’s favorite BV athlete is Drew Jurgens.

 

 

 

Nathan VanDeBerg - 6th grade: Nathan was a rebounding machine during the Augustana tournament. His rebounding skills were key to helping his team win three games and bring home the second place trophy! Nathan’s focus makes him a fun to watch. He tells us he wants to be an engineer when he grows up and his favorite sport is basketball. His favorite BV athletes are Chase Marso and Matt Vandeberg.

Free throws, three-pointers and the Fourth of July

This post is a little late as we took some time off to celebrate Independence Day – but not before competing in the Great Plains Basketball Tournament in St. Cloud. Our Team Brandon Valley players were ready to shine with noteworthy games from Evan Talcott who had seven three-point shots in one game and Noah Thompson who had a game winning three-pointer in the final seconds of play. We had the chance to enjoy a great weekend of basketball in St. Cloud and today we get to celebrate our stand-out players from the tournament.

Nate Keegan, 10th grade: Nate’s coaches have noted how his hard work is paying off, making him a consistent player at each game. His steady demeanor allows him to make an impact without having to force plays on the court. Nate tells us he wants to be a physical therapist when he grows up. The best advice he has received from his parents is “Treat others how you want to be treated.” If Nate could do one thing all day, it would be to play basketball.   He shared that his favorite BV athlete is Chase Marso.

 

 

 

 

Mason Rolfson, 8th grade: Mason’s coaches have shared that when he puts his mind to it, he can make a significant impact on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. His strength and athleticism for a player his age is unmatched. Mason shared that his favorite sport is basketball and he plans to be a dental hygienist when he grows up. His favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Westcott, 8th grade: Tyler has always been a player the coaches can count on to bring his full effort on every play of every game. At the St. Cloud tournament he did this and more, especially on the offensive end of the court. His coaches especially lifted up his ability to pressure other ball-handlers. Tyler tells us his favorite way to keep in touch with his friends is through SnapChat. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also shared that his favorite BV athlete is Dale Moss.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Scholten, 7th grade: Sam’s infectious smile makes him a fan favorite – and he was definitely smiling after draining seven       three-pointers in one game. Sam handled the ball well during the tournaments and has made steady improvement on his game all season long. Sam tells us he wants to be an athletic trainer when he grows up. The best advice his   parents have given him is to work hard. Sam also shared that his favorite BV athlete is   Chase Marso.

 

 

 

Brady Giles, 7th grade: Brady’s coaches recognize him for being a very teachable player. He is well-known for being a hard working athlete.  It was fun to watch his hard work pay off with some well-earned buckets in St. Cloud. Brady tells us his favorite class in school is gym and if given the chance, he’d play basketball all day long. When he grows up, Brady wants to be a scientist. His favorite BV athlete is current Iowa Hawkeye football player, Matt VandeBerg.

 

 

A tale of two tournaments

Last weekend our Team Brandon Valley players split with the girls playing in Harrisburg and the boys in Ames. There were a lot of texts and photos shared back and forth as we cheered them on in both locations. Today’s Team Brandon Valley players of week brought intensity, leadership and a little spunk with them on the court ... we sure enjoyed watching them play!

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Mason VanWesten, 12th grade: Mason’s leadership set the tone for the tournament from the varsity team’s opening tip. This weekend Mason showed his ball handling skills and brought a great toughness on the defensive side of the court. With a high skill level, basketball IQ and leadership presence, Mason was an impact player this weekend.

 

Caden Deckert, 12th grade: This was Caden’s weekend to shine, leading his team to two big wins over the weekend. His hot shooting rallied us in a come from behind win in pool play and propelled us to an early lead in the championship game. Caden’s energy and ability to score made him stand out from the crowd this weekend. The BVHS senior tells us his favorite movie is “A Dog’s Purpose.” When Caden finishes school he plans to have an exciting career as a private investigator. He shared that two former BV athletes remain at the top of his list: Dale Moss and Adam Bauer.

 

Thomas Scholten, 10th grade: Thomas’ coaches know they can count on him on both sides of the court. Last weekend he consistently shot the ball well and made big shots when the team needed it. Thomas also stepped up on the defensive end of the court diving in for some much-needed rebounds. Thomas told us the best advice his parents have given him is “Grades do matter.” Which is great advice considering his plans to become a surgeon! Thomas shared that his favorite sport is basketball and his favorite BV athlete is the one who first taught him to shoot, his brother Zach.

 

Isabel Klumper, 5th grade: Isabel’s coaches had some high praise for this leader, noting her poise and ability to keep her composure, even during the most tense moments of a game. This weekend she showed that poise, confidently knocking down free throws and draining a game winning shot against a tough team that helped her team seal the championship.  Isabel shared the best advice she has received from her parents is “Never give up.”  When she grows up she plans to be a nurse or a teacher. Isabel tells us her favorite all-time athlete is Tom Brady and her favorite Brandon Valley athlete is the well-known football and basketball standout, Alex Waltner.

 

Isaac Jarovski, 5th grade: Isaac definitely made an impression on his coach this weekend who noted he wanted to keep Isaac on the court as much as possible. His defensive ball pressure, leadership and ball handling made him stand out from the crowd in Ames.  Isaac tells us that if he could do one thing all day – it would be to play basketball. When he grows up he intends to go pro and join the NBA. When he’s not playing basketball, he is enjoying his other favorite pastime – ping pong. Isaac shared his favorite BV athlete is Alex Waltner as well.