What a ride it was for Brady Curtis in his final year of high school sports. After all of the years of blood, sweat, and tears, it was over in what felt like a “blink of an eye” according to Brady. From starting basketball in fifth grade and football in seventh, to finishing up his senior year, Brady Curtis has reflected on his past filled with sports.
Brady starting playing basketball in fifth grade and fell in love with it instantly. In fact, in seventh grade Brady scored a last second basket to win the league championship. His freshman year, Brady’s team went 17-5 with Brady being their leading scorer. The next year Brady was a varsity starter as a sophomore and made it to the regional championship game. Brady earned All Conference-Honorable Mention. His junior year, he led the team in scoring and earned 2nd Team All-Conference, and most important of all, an undefeated season and conference championship. And just like that, it was time for Brady’s senior year. Once again Brady led his team in scoring, and went on to win his second straight conference championship and lettered for his third year. Brady also won a deserved Conference Player of the Year award. “I am very happy with my personal accomplishments and accolades, but I would no doubt trade them for more team accomplishments,” said Brady. Despite winning two conference championships in his basketball career, Brady came up short of winning a regional championship. “Even though we never got past regionals, we still had a blast playing every day and we all cared for each other, and that is what really matters,” Brady added.
After playing it in the backyard in his youth, Brady was introduced to organized football in 7th grade. “I remember being nervous for my 7th grade year, but little did I know the fun was just beginning.” Brady had two very successful years of middle school football and played some key roles. His freshman year, he played running back for a successful 7-2 JV team. His sophomore year, he was brought up to varsity and was the starting running back and a receiver. His team went on to make the playoffs that year. The next year, Brady played a big role in the offense again and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference. He also earned All-Area Honorable Mention and his team went on to level 3 in the playoffs. Finally, the time came for Brady to start preparing for his senior season. Brady did not take a day off in the weight room and easily met the team goal of 120 days in the weight room. In Brady’s final year of football, he earned First Team All-Conference for both offense and defense. He also earned All-State Academic Team and All-Area Second Team recognition. To top it off, Brady has the all-time record at Potosi for receiving yards.After all of those workouts, practices, and games, it is over just like that for Brady. Everything he has been doing for the last six years of his life comes to a close. After being asked what he would go back and change if he could, he responded with “Not a thing; I had so much fun over these past few years with some of the most fun people I know.” Brady was also asked what advice he would give to an incoming freshman who is about to go down the same path, and he said, “Take every opportunity you get to better yourself, and the biggest thing is have fun while you do it because that is how you become good at something.” Sports are a great teacher that can teach you some important lessons and Brady certainly received his fair share of knowledge through experience.