BANKS, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been a historic year for Banks High School as they won their first- and second-ever boys state championships, first in football and then in basketball. At the forefront of the school history is senior Hayden Vandehey.
“We’ve been so close for so long and to finally, to finally bring it home is something that I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life,” Vandehey told KOIN 6 News.
The 3-sport start — “football I was the quarterback, basketball I was a guard or wing, and baseball I’m a shortstop or pitcher” — is a bit of a Braves legacy. “My dad was a 3-sport athlete also when he came to Banks.”
His brother and sister also went to Banks, and they all know how starved this community was for a championship.
“Coming into high school I wanted to bring the first state championship back to Banks for all of our fans that have supported us through all of our good years and bad years,” he said. “They’re always there backing us up, so bringing one home back to Banks, it was incredible.”
The senior hasn’t just brought championship skills to Banks. His coach said he’s also brought championship leadership.
“He always likes to put his team first,” football coach Cole Linehan said. “He was never a ‘me’ guy.”
Linehan described what that means in Banks.
“We call it Banks guys around here, you know that’s kind of the thing we say. And Banks guys just represent people who treat people right, take care of each other, are loyal, are hard-working and just all around good people and you know that’s what, we call them — the Banks guys, that’s what we call them in the football program. And he represents it.”
Hayden Vandehey will graduate soon, but he can look back on what they accomplished.
“We wanted to be that class that brought the championships to Banks.”