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March 6, 2014

ON THE SPOT — GARRETT VICK: Borden senior eyeing another sectional title

Vick increased leadership role in 2013-14

BORDEN —  When Borden graduated four of its starters — Billy Kirchgessner, Jalen McCoy, Michael Lynch and Cody Bachman — from last year’s Class A state championship team, the Braves immediately turned to one player for leadership and guidance.

That player was Garrett Vick, the lone returning starter for this season’s Borden boys’ basketball team.

The 6-foot-1 senior forward and his teammates will begin their quest for a third consecutive sectional championship tonight when they play Rock Creek Academy in the Class A Borden Sectional semifinals. The Braves received a first-round bye.

All season, Vick has provided the Braves tons of leadership both verbally and through his actions on the court. He leads Borden in scoring (12.8 points per game) and rebounding (seven boards per game) this year.

Eighth-year Braves’ coach Doc Nash has been pleased with how Vick has performed during the 2013-14 campaign.

“He’s having a good season,” Nash said. “In a lot of close games, he’s done everything we need him to do. In terms of leadership and competitiveness, it’s what we expected out of him to get us going. He’s done very well in that role.

“He’s learned how to play the game instead of just using his physical attributes. He’s learned to let the game come to him a little bit.”

Nash thinks Vick has adjusted well in becoming one of the Braves’ leaders. Vick also is a leader off the court, as he is president of his senior class.

“He’s done a tremendous job with that,” Nash said about Vick’s leadership skills. “He accepts challenges on both ends of the court. He’s going to be greatly missed after the year is over, both on and off the court. He’s a good kid upstairs in the hallways. My kids look up to him.”

The Vick name has been a popular one in Borden High School athletics for decades.

Vick’s father, Donnie, helped the Braves’ baseball program win its first sectional championship in 1972. Garrett Vick’s three older sisters — Brandi, Jessica and Brittany — all played sports at Borden.

Garrett’s older brother, Matthew, competed for the Braves’ baseball and boys’ basketball teams during his high school days.

Garrett Vick, who is a pitcher and shortstop for the Borden baseball team, hopes to join his father and brother as members of a third Braves’ sectional championship team this spring. Matthew Vick helped Borden win its second sectional crown in program history in 2006.

On Tuesday afternoon at the BHS gymnasium, sports writer Kevin Harris talked with the youngest member of the Vick clan about this week’s sectional, the senior’s family and other items as the News and Tribune continued its “On the Spot” series.

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