Senior Garrett Vick and the Borden Braves will start defending their Class A state championship next week in the sectional at Borden. Vick is the lone returning starter for the No. 9 Braves (15-4), who will close the regular season today against Salem.
It’s time for Borden to defend its state championship. Are you ready?
It’s going to be really hard. Everyone has been coming at us all year, giving us their best game. But I think we got a great draw, and you just have to take one game at a time. Practice hard and get prepared for whoever we play.
Do you stop and think about winning the title last season?
We always talk about it. It was amazing. We have a whole bunch of new guys this year, and I want them to experience it as well. But it takes a lot of hard work to do that.
As the lone returning starter from last season, did that put pressure on you to be a leader?
It put a lot of pressure on me, but I have five other seniors with me. That took some of it off, because I know what they can do as well on the basketball court. We’ve been playing great together.
What’s it like to play in basketball-crazy Borden?
Playing at Borden is amazing. Everybody spends their Friday and Saturday nights to come out and watch us, follow us far away, and support us. It’s a bunch of great people. They’re always excited to watch us. We want to do well for them.
As the senior class president, if you had power to change something, what would it be?
I would let the seniors have a little more freedom, some more skip days.
What’s the best thing about attending a small school?
Everybody knows everybody and everyone is so close together. It’s like a family here.
What do you enjoy away from basketball?
I enjoy working on a farm, spending time with friends and family, and helping out people that need help. I love hunting and fishing, riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes, just the outdoor stuff.
Who has been your role model?
I have a lot of role models, my two grandpaws that passed away, Coach (Doc) Nash, my dad and my brother as well. They’ve all been great role models. They taught me to work hard.
Is there a secret to Borden’s success?
It’s being committed to Coach Nash and always focused on basketball, not thinking about other things. When you come to practice, you have to come prepared and ready to stay focused.
As a senior, nearing the end of your career and facing graduation, what does your future look like?
It’s going to be crazy, to think that after this I’m on my own and a grown-up. But I’m ready for it, to see what comes at me in life. You just have to work hard wherever you go.
GARRETT VICK UP CLOSE
Borden Senior Parents Lisa and Donnie; sisters Brandi (38), Jessica (29) and Brittany (28); brother Matthew (25) Garrett also plays baseball (pitcher and shortstop) and is the president of his senior class. He’s also a member of the Outdoor Club. “With his leadership, Garrett is the heart and soul of the team. He’s playing like a senior should. He’s a competitive kid; he hates losing. I couldn’t be more proud of a kid.”School:Year:Family: Student/athlete: Coach Doc Nash:
— Justin Sokeland