The temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot in Omaha last weekend. Our Team Brandon Valley players brought heat of their own onto the courts during the OSA MAYB tournament. Two teams brought the heat all the way to Championship games - 5th Grade Black and 8th Grade Red. We’re thrilled to applaud all of our teams efforts and today we get to recognize a few of the athletes who stepped up, worked hard and were there for their teammates.
Kennedi Deckert, 5th grade girls: Few moments are as sweet as a last second, buzzer beater, three-point shot to win the game. Our 5th grade girls had that moment this weekend when Kennedi made this now infamous three-pointer to win their last game of the tournament. Her coach noted she played aggressively, hustled all weekend and hit some big shots – we couldn’t agree more! Kennedi’s favorite professional athlete is SD Native and NBA Assistant coach, Becky Hammon. Her favorite Brandon Valley athlete is one of the people she first played against, her oldest brother, Caden. She plans to be a doctor when she grows up.
Jax Nuebel, 5th grade boys: Jax may be a young athlete, but he is already showing great maturity on the court. Jax is an unselfish player who shared the ball and hustled on every play this weekend. He was ready to engage with his coach and immediately followed his coach’s recommendations– a trait which will allow him to continue to get better as he keeps playing. He’s cheering for his favorite player, Steph Curry, during the NBA finals this week and he’s keeping up with his friends with Instagram this summer. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is football standout Braeden Peterson.
Owen VanEs, 6th grade boys: Owen has natural leadership abilities and is bringing this with him when he steps onto the basketball court. Throughout the tournament last weekend he stayed connected with his coach and regularly asked for advice on how to improve his game. His interest in learning all aspects of the game will make him an athlete to keep your eye on. Owen is watching his favorite NBA player, Kevin Durant, play in the NBA finals this week. He plans to be an NBA player himself when he grows up. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is basketball and football legend, Chase Marso.
Max VanWesten, 7th grade boys: To be a successful player, you have to be dedicated to doing the small things really well. Max’s coach notes that he consistently does all of the little things right, getting his team into the offense, reading the floor and being ready to take a charge. Max isn’t afraid to go after a loose ball – and dove for the floor more than once this weekend! Max is a leader every time he steps onto the floor. When Max grows up he wants to be a radiologist. Today, he’s enjoying playing basketball during the summer and watching his favorite NBA player, LeBron James, compete in the finals. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is basketball player, Nic Peterson.
Jay Jurgens, 8th grade boys: Jay can be counted on as a strong defensive player and didn’t disappoint this weekend, rebounding and defending consistently. His coach noted that Jay also enjoyed a chance to let loose on the offensive side of the court, running the floor, posting up and scoring both inside and outside of the paint. We’re looking forward to seeing more of that jump shot and his soft right hook. Jay plans to be a lawyer when he grows up and is enjoying playing basketball and disc golf over the summer months. His favorite Brandon Valley athlete is the person who taught him how to shoot from three, his older brother, Drew Jurgens.