"Being able to sit back and watch his development from a freshman and just seeing him get better every year and the work he put into it," Wheeler said. "The studying and seeking of knowledge that he has for the sport of running, we're really happy for him."
"From a track standpoint, he's an athlete to be able to look up to and I'm going to use that as we move forward this track season as an example," Walker said. "We're really excited for him. It proves that hard work really does provide options and this is a great example. He's a kid that is extremely dedicated to his craft and his sport."
Brafford still has some unfinished business to attend to this spring during high school track season. While the longest distance he will run this year in state will be 3,200 meters, he plans to try to run the 5K and 10K events in college.
Alexander completed 57 of 108 passes for 1,043 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his senior season for the Patriots and added 129 rushing yards and three of scores.
Ellis scored 11 goals and was a first-team Class AAA all-state selection as a defender. She finished her high school career with 28 goals.
Richardson was a first-team All-Mountain State Athletic Conference selection this season after making 11 sacks and over 80 tackles for the Black Eagles.
Holbrook did a bit of everything for the Huskies. He rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries, caught five passes for 149 yards and three scores and threw for 116 yards and a touchdown. He will play fullback for the Battlers.
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