Sport Shorts: Feb. 8
THREE JAGUARS NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
Blue Valley West High School opened in August 2001 and the school has produced some outstanding athletes. In January, three individuals were inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame: Paul Hefferon, Elle Pishny and Aaron Trigg.
Hefferon and Trigg attended the ceremony at halftime of the home boys basketball game against BV North.
|Aaron Trigg & Paul Hefferon|
“It was such an honor to be inducted along side Paul and Elle,” Trigg says. “They are incredible athletes and even better people.
“I had the privilege of running track with both of them and someone would be hard to find more unassuming superstars like Paul Hefferon and Elle Pishny. I believe that any award is a direct reflection of the people with whom you associate, and being inducted in the BVW Hall of Fame demonstrates the incredible coaches, teachers and teammates I was blessed to work with.”
Hefferon graduated in 2004 and was an outstanding athlete in both cross-country and track. He was the Class 6A state champion in cross-country in 2003 and he won three state individual titles in track.
Hefferon went on to have a successful career at the University of Kansas. He was a nine-time All-Big 12 cross country and track pick. He was a two-year Jayhawk captain in track. In 2006, he was an NCAA Division I All-American in both cross-country and track.
The former Jaguar graduated in 2009 with a degree in marketing. He is still involved in running, finishing 33rd in 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Hefferon is working as a commercial insurance broker. He and his wife, Megan, are parents of a six-month-old son, Calvin.
Pishny graduated from BV West in 2003 after spending her first two years of high school at Blue Valley. She was a two-sport athlete in cross-country and track. She was a two-time state individual state champion in track and was the Kansas City Star Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2003.
Pishny attended Duke where she was a member of an NCAA runner-up cross-country team. She currently lives in San Francisco working for Thoratec Corp. and is continues running. She has competed in 10 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and has visited more than 20 countries.
Trigg was a three-sport athlete at BV West competing in football, basketball and track. He graduated in 2006. He was a quarterback in football, a guard in basketball, and he still holds the school record in the 800 meters.
He was the Kansas City Star Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2006.
He went on to Gordon College in Boston where he was a four-year basketball player. He was a two-time Gordon College Athlete of the Year, Commonwealth Coast Conference Payer of the Year and an ESPN Academic All-America.
After receiving his degree in finance and business administration from Gordon, he moved on to Central Florida for graduate work. He has earned an MBA and master’s in sports administration.
CALLAN PLAYING PRO BASKETALL
BV North and Sacred Heart University graduate Callan Taylor is doing well in her first year of professional basketball in Finland.
She is averaging 19.6 points per game for Turun Riento, a European women’s professional team in Turku, Finland.
She connecting on 91 percent of her free throws and has a 44 percent shooting accuracy from behind the three-point line.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"In the end, we're just their caretakers. We get them for a little while and then they live their lives."
— author Harlan Coben, "Hold Tight"