By Brett LaBore
New additions and people can spark teams. They bring in something fresh, not seen before by the team. This is the exact case of what senior Brandyn Frelix did for the Bethany basketball squad.
Brandyn Frelix came to Bethany from Fergus Falls College. This past year was his second year on the Viking’s basketball team and he has made an impact on it.
In the 2014-15 season, the team went 5-20. In the 2015-16 season they went 10-15. And in this most recent 2016-17 season, they went 17-9. Frelix came to Bethany during the 2015-16 season and has helped this team to steadily improve throughout the last couple of years. One teammate who appreciated Frelix’s contributions was sophomore Ben Corson.
“He brought a lot of energy to practice, changed the culture of the program,” said Corson.
One way he has helped the team is through his leadership which he does on and off the court.
“[It’s] a lot about leading by example,” said Frelix. “Be a responsible symbol for Bethany basketball or Bethany Lutheran College.”
This past year, Frelix averaged 17.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists en route to him being named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Year for basketball. He mentioned what this meant to him.
“Definitely an honor, something presented to me through hard work and success as a team,” said Frelix.
Assistant coach Nick Perrin isn’t surprised that Frelix got an award like that.
“Frelix was a great leader and a great energy guy, picking up teammates,” said Perrin.
Frelix led the team in points, rebounds, assists and tied for minutes played. These types of numbers helped the Bethany men’s basketball team to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season. A lot of his success he accredits to his teammates who have helped him along the way.
“My teammates and coaches trusting me with the ball to make big plays,” said Frelix talking about his relationship with his team.
Frelix has gained a special relationship with his team by this trust that has been developed over the last couple of years. He’s been a factor in helping the younger and underclassmen players get better during his time. Frelix talks about the relationship with his team.
“If one player played amazing, nobody was like jealous – it was a family locker room,” said Frelix.
Bethany basketball has meant a lot to Frelix. It has given him a chance to play the game he loves and to lead a team. He his forever grateful for that chance and he talked about that in three words.
“Opportunity, growth, family,” said Frelix. “All those things sum it up.”
Frelix has definitely changed this program in its mentality and the way they play basketball. He plans on focusing on graduating moving forward with basketball still in the back of his mind.
“A few people have contacted me overseas,” said Frelix. “Graduating is a big deal for me.”
Even though Frelix may be walking away, he has forever stamped his mark on this ever-growing program.