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!


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.