September 16, 2021

The Times 2020-21 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Seneca’s Brooklyn Giertz, the ultimate leader of the pack

‘I feel striving to be a leader for others has only helped me reach my personal goals’

“I’ve been coaching boys and girls teams for 22 years. Kids like Brooklyn don’t come around often, they just don’t. She’s a relentless competitor, a tremendous teammate, a great leader, an exemplary student, and she is deserving of every award she receives.”

—  Seneca girls basketball coach Ted O'Boyle

“I want my teammates to be able to count on me, look up to me, and know that I’m always there for them. I want to be the role model that my teammates and the younger athletes can follow. It’s all pressure I put on myself, but I feel striving to be a leader for others has only helped me reach my personal goals.”

—  Brooklyn Giertz, The Times 2020-21 Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Brian Hoxsey

Brian Hoxsey

I worked for 25 years as a CNC operator and in 2005 answered an ad in The Times for a freelance sports writer position. I became a full-time sports writer/columnist for The Times in February of 2016. I enjoy researching high school athletics history, and in my spare time like to do the same, but also play video games and watch Twitch.