Brady Nelsen Photo By Amy Stephensen As Sandpoint High School’s head wrestling coach, Jake Stark exclaims, “Brady Nelsen is the epitome of Sandpoint wrestling.” A senior at Sandpoint High School, Brady is a competitive student athlete, participating in three varsity sports: cross-country, wrestling and track. Stark praises Brady in his work ethic, “which puts him in the elite athlete category as a wrestler,” Stark said. Brady just recently signed with Lewis-Clark State Colleg
Gabriel Chistman Gabriel Christman, a senior Sandpoint High School cross-country runner, is a busy young man with both school and sports. Running on the cross-country team in the fall and the track team in the spring, Gabe keeps his grades up and is a member of the National Honors Society. As a sophomore, an injury occurred that put a halt to the rest of Gabe’s cross-country season, as his ability to train at his full capacity was put on hold until this past summer. “I was ou
Brandon Casey A multi-sport athlete, senior Brandon Casey is seeing his years of hard work pay off. With the help of head varsity football coach Ryan Knowles, Brandon began the recruitment process in January and by June had received offers from five different schools to play on their offensive line—University of Idaho, Idaho State, University of Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington University. Faced with a difficult decision, Brandon said he will choose his school ba
Ethan Butler Ethan Butler says his parents always used to joke that he was born with a baseball in his hand. It is a sport that Ethan has been passionate about for as long as he can recall. As a freshman on the varsity team, it is evident that his years of hard work have paid off, but it has not been without challenges. “There were times when I would really struggle while pitching. I'd throw a lot of consecutive walks or hit a batter with a pitch. I'd really put a lot of pres
Charlie Johnson A sophomore, Charlie Johnson ranks second on the Sandpoint High School tennis team, something he considers his best athletic achievement to date. “There are many good players I had to beat,” he said of achieving his rank. His coach, Kent Anderson, is thrilled to have Charlie on his team and is proud of what Charlie has already accomplished. “Charlie is playing number one singles this year, which is an incredible accomplishment for a sophomore,” said Anderson.
Natalie Petit A transfer student from Priest River Lamanna High School, Natalie Petit, a senior, plays basketball and softball for the Bulldogs. She had played both sports in Priest River since her freshman year, and she said it was an amazing experience that, once she came to Sandpoint, both the Bulldog teams for which she played ended up going to state. Natalie shares that one of the biggest challenges she has encountered was transferring schools. “I came from a 3A school a