Brown Looking Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald

SILVERTON, Ore.– Silverton’s Kyleigh Brown made her mark her sophomore year with the Foxes, playing beyond the fact that she was only just in her second-year playing at the High School-level. Playing in her first full-season, her freshman year was just a six-week modified season during 2021, taught her a lot entering this past year as she took that next step in her playing career as Brown was named to the Mid-Willamette Conference first-team and saw them reach Gill Coliseum for the 5A State Playoffs.

“Last year in State was a good experience seeing what we have to do coming back this year. We do have a lot of seniors this year, so that’ll be good with leadership. It was great, I was happy to win league and win as many games as I could. Getting first-team All-League, that was good too,” Brown said. “Freshman year, it was a good warm-up. It felt like a good warm-up, practice games almost and this year was a really good first year with a lot of games and a lot of fun.
“It gave me a lot of experience going into these last two years.”

Brown has been splitting time with her travel ball team, the Northwest Select out of Clackamas, as well as her High School ball team. Playing with and against the best talent in the State while building team chemistry with her teammates at school. For Brown too, this Summer has given her an opportunity to work on her game as well preparing for the High School season ahead.

Kyleigh Brown (left) talking with Silverton Head Coach Alyssa Ogle (center) and Justina Semerikov (right) during Wednesday’s Summer League game with Crescent Valley (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“I’m focusing on my defense, my one-on-one defense, getting better with my shot. Better decision making, getting my teammates the ball first and looking for my shot after that,” Brown said. “Summer league is great, everyone gets to play on Varsity and we get to play with everyone. Everyone gets the same playing time and everyone gets the same experience. It’s a lot of fun in getting to know your teammates more.”

Brown and the Foxes hosted the second-week of the three-week Summer League that features ten-teams from the Mid-Willamette Conference and the Salem 6A Schools Wednesday night, playing Crescent Valley and Cascade. Silverton travels to Turner on June 22 to play Sprague (6:30pm) and McKay (8:30pm) at Cascade High School to wrap up the three-week Summer League slate.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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