The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


April 7, 2013

Kippenberger is All-NW boys POY


Bryce Kippenberger has a simple formula for success in basketball.
“I was just constantly playing basketball,’’ he said. “I just tried to get better every day and not settle for anything less.’’
The work proved to be successful as Kippenberger averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.3 assists per game in leading Fairview to a 19-8 record and the area tournament.
Area coaches were impressed enough to vote him the Enid News & Eagle’s Northwest Oklahoma Player of the Year.
“That’s pretty exciting,’’ Kippenberger said.
“He’s one of the best players that I ever have coached,’’ said Yellowjackets coach David Baldwin.
The award capped an emotional year for Kippenberger, who had moved to Fairview last summer after leading Hennessey to the Class 2A state semifinals.
The family had lived in Hennessey since he was in the third grade.
“It was tough leaving the guys,’’ Kippenberger said.
He said he appreciated how the Fairview community took his family in.
“They really opened up to us,” Kippenberger said. “It was like we have always been here. It’s a nice place to live.’’
The adjustment didn’t come over night. The school system was different. He said he had to change a “lot of things’’ in his normal routine, but in the end, he had no regrets.
“It was a good change for me,’’ Kippenberger said. “The guys accepted me and showed me how to do a lot of things. We had a lot of fun.’’
The most emotional moment came in the semifinals of the Okeene Tournament when the Yellowjackets beat the Eagles 54-40. Kippenberger had 10 points in the game.
“The (Hennessey) guys didn’t talk to me that much,’’ he said. “They were upset that I moved. I knew all the plays and I think that helped us to win, because I knew what plays they would run.

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