Evart 3-sport athlete excels during basketball season

Decker coming off strong volleyball campaign

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn

Decker

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – Brooklyn Decker is looking forward to the 2022 sports season at Evart.

She recently completed the 2021 volleyball season as a key performer for the Wildcats.

It was her sophomore season and her first year on varsity. When she found out she would be on the varsity, not the JV, as a sophomore, she was happy but the promotion to the top spot was somewhat expected. The adjustment was tricky but successful.

“You have to get into your blocks and remember they hit a lot harder,” Decker said. “You have to get into the right position.”

Throughout the season, Decker focused to get better on her blocking and her passing in the back row. She did a little bit of   everything for the Wildcats.

The key to being a good passer “is keeping your body lined up and then don’t swing your arms,” Decker said, adding that the key to being a good server is “pick your spots on the floor.”

A highlight for the team was late-season wins over Brethren and arch-rival Pine River and “sticking together.”

The key in beating Pine River “was having the energy throughout the whole game,” Decker said. “We improved a lot.”

Decker also is playing basketball for the Wildcats and will play softball in the spring. She ranks basketball as her No. 1 sport.

The basketball season “is looking good,” she said. “We have a few more people signing up, which should be good.”

Decker was on the varsity basketball team last season as a freshman.

“It went well, it was fun,” she said. “I was usually the post player.”

Decker spent a lot of time over the offseason to get ready for basketball. She has been focusing on defense and rebounding.

“We had a lot of open gyms for basketball and I was lifting weights,” Decker said.

For softball, Decker is a shortstop and second baseman.