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Senior Student Athlete Profile: Kristen Kokett (Brandon-Evansville)

By Craig Olson, 05/08/20, 8:30AM CDT


Kristen Kokett is another area student-athlete who competed in three different sports during the school year and she made an impact in all of them at Brandon-Evansville High School.  Kristen excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball for the Chargers.

Softball Coach Kasi Sieling said, “I have been fortunate enough to coach Kristen since she was in fifth grade.  I have always admired her competitive spirit and willingness to do anything it takes for her teammates.  She goes all out all the time and I know she will continue to use that throughout her life to accomplish tremendous things.  I am so proud of Kristen and the positive impact she has left on our program.”

“Being in sports has brought me many friends,” stated Kokett.  “It also has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and be a leader.”

“Kristen played a very important role on our team this year as she was the tone setter for us defensively and offensively,” commented Basketball Coach Zachary Traphagen. “She very rarely came out of the game for us and really contributed in every single statistical category (except for blocks). Being the point guard, a lot of responsibility falls on your shoulders for taking care of the ball. The amount of teams that pressed us this year, Kristen had to work double duty to be that floor general for us and she did a fantastic job. She is the type of player that any coach would love to have on their team. Tough, quick, pesky, relentless, and most of all, a terrific person. Kristen was voted Little 8 All-conference, Pheasant Conference Honorable Mention, and Team MVP. We will miss Kristen a whole lot, but are very proud of what she accomplished for us this year!”

“It’s pretty sad losing our senior year, but I’m hanging in there,” acknowledged Kokett.  “I get outside and try to be as active as I can.  Underclassmen need to know that they should enjoy it while it lasts.”

“Kristen Kokett was a huge part of our program, especially this year,” added Volleyball Coach Kelly Olson.  “Stepping in and taking the Libero position put a lot of pressure on her, but she responded to it.  She was a quiet leader for us and we depended on her each and every day.  Her attitude and abilities on and off the court were a huge asset to not only volleyball, but to her other sports, our school, and community.” 

Kristen will be attending South Dakota State University where she will be majoring in Exercise Science.  Her favorite high school subject was Math.