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Senior Student Athlete Profile: Haddey Zastrow (Brandon-Evansville)

By Craig Olson, 05/01/20, 10:00AM CDT


Senior Haddey Zastrow was a three-sport athlete for Brandon-Evansville High School, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball for the Chargers.

“Being involved in sports have impacted my life by teaching me leadership and communication skills all throughout my career as an athlete,” said Zastrow.  “I was also able to play the sports I love with my friends and make new ones along the way as well.  Now that I am no longer able to finish out my softball season due to Covid-19, I know not to take life for granted because everything that was once there is now gone and I won’t be able to get that experience back.”

“Haddey is a fierce competitor who is constantly pushing herself to be better and wanting to improve,” stated B-E Softball Coach Kasi Sieling. “She was always willing to do anything we asked of her. I look forward to seeing all that Haddey goes on to accomplish and am so proud I was able to coach her.”

Zastrow says her top sports memory is beating the school record for 3-point field goals made in a single season.

Her Basketball Coach, Zachary Traphagen said, “Haddey was a very important part of our success this season on the basketball court. She was a very lethal shooter from 3 point range and she broke the school record for 3 pointers made in a season with 55. Haddey was also voted as the Hardest Worker for our postseason awards banquet. We really were at our best in the games that Haddey was knocking down shots, and we will really miss her production next year.”

Volleyball Coach Kelly Olson added, “Haddey Zastrow was a three year starter for the Charger Volleyball Team.  Haddey brought a desire to improve, and a steady presence each and every day.  I like to believe that she tried her best each and every play during those three years.  She developed into a one of those front row players that other teams had to pay attention to because at any given time she could kill the ball or block the other team attack.  What I think I will always remember about Haddey are two things: her first varsity playing time and her desire to stay after practice to hit a "few" more balls.  Her first playing time came after an injury to our starting middle.  Haddey had transitioned to an outside on JV and had not played middle all year.  She was the closest thing we had to a middle so in she went.  She never left that position again.  The other thing was her desire to hit a few more balls after practice was over because she just couldn't quite get what she wanted out of her attack.  Her few more almost always turned into 3 or 4 more carts worth of swings.  Those sessions always last another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes worth of swings.  We should all want to do that every time we feel the need because it made her the best she could be in the end.”

“Due to not being able to attend school or sports, I have been working a lot more at Homegrown Nutrition in Brandon,” noted Zastrow.

Haddey intends to attend NDSU and study through their architecture program in the fall.  Her favorite high school subjects were Math and History.

Zastrow concluded with these words to the underclassmen at B-E, “My advice is to never take life for granted because the high school experience goes by way faster than what you expect it to be.”