We’re in the thick of the summer basketball season and nothing makes us happier than to hear basketballs bouncing, shoes squeaking on the court and the buzzer at the end of a hard fought game. Our players encountered some great competition at the Augustana tournament last weekend. The freshmen went 4-0 and came home with a first place finish! The sophomore team had a strong weekend and took home third place.
We're so proud of our players and and especially excited to celebrate these individual athletes who went above and beyond to be recognized as Team Brandon Valley Players of the Week.
Dawson Johnson, freshman: Dawson’s engaging personality and competitive spirit definitely make him a fan favorite. This weekend he was consistently hustling and making big plays during every game of the tournament. The freshman nailed some vital shots in the championship game to seal the Team BV win. Dawson wants to be a stock broker when he grows up. Like many of our players he looks up to Chase Marso as his favorite Brandon Valley athlete. This summer he is using SnapChat to keep up with his buddies and organize disc golf outings.
Payton Tietjen, freshman: Last weekend Payton made his presence known under the hoop by using his height advantage and competitive streak to go after rebounds and came through with some much needed baskets under the rim. Payton was on double-duty, subbing in on the sophomore team when they needed an extra player. He says the best advice he has received from his parents is “Never give up.” The BV freshman plans to be an engineer when he grows up. He told us he loves to play basketball and admires Chase Marso, but hates broccoli.
Cole Sylliaasen, sophomore: Cole’s coaches are quick to point out his unrelenting effort and determination. His coach is quoted saying “The one thing you always get from Cole is everything he has.” The sophomore finished up a great week of practice with an equally strong performance at Augustana where he helped his team secure a third place finish over Sioux Falls Lincoln. When he grows up, Cole is planning to be math teacher. His favorite professional athlete is Eli Ma and his favorite Brandon Valley athlete is Chase Marso. Cole notes the best advice he has received from his parents is to “Get up and get back out there.”