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April 7, 2013

Kippenberger is All-NW boys POY

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But he’s first and foremost a basketball player. Baldwin said Kippenberger’s defense often was overlooked admist his impressive offensive stats.
“A lot of teams saw me more as a scorer,’’ he said. “But I let my defense lead to scoring. I tried to steal the ball and get layups. Offense will win you a few games here and there, but it’s defense that wins championships.’’
He is a hard core defender, who likes being aggressive.
“I tried to make whoever I was guarding mad,’’ he said. “If I did, whatever I’m doing is working.’’
He continues to live the dream of playing college basketball, although he doesn’t have any definite offers.
“I have a lot of tryouts planned,’’ Kippenberger said. “Ever since I’ve had a basketball in my hand, my dream has been to play in college. I’ll try to see if I can go somewhere. I can’t give it up.’’
Kippenberger, who aspires to be a coach, said he has benefited from having three coaches in high school. He played under both Brady Barnes and Brady Page at Hennessey.
“Every coach has a different style,’’ Kippenberger said. “They were all good examples for me. I learned a lot from all of them.’’
Ask him his favorite player, and it won’t be a Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook.
“Everyone that I played with was my favorite player,’’ Kippenberger said. “I enjoyed everybody.’’

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