Brady Brister makes Kingston athletic history, battling through adversity
KINGSTON, Oklahoma (KTEN) - Whether its a dunk on the court, or a home run on the baseball field, Kingston's Brady Brister is the kind of athlete that puts fear into his opponents.
This year, he became the first player in Kingston history to be named all-state in basketball and baseball. He also helped lead the Redskins to a state tournament appearance in basketball and a state championship appearance in baseball.
"There's been some really good athletes to come through Kingston and Marshall County," said Brister. "So to do that is pretty cool."
His physical stature surely helps, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing over 200 pounds but his preparation sets him apart from his counterparts.
"He's a hard working kid, he's one of those that's always there, he doesn't come up with excuses," said Kingston head baseball coach Darron Henson. "He's always at practice and games and he's very dedicated."
It's a family affair for the Brister's at Kingston. Brady's dad Brian is the superintendent of KPS. His mom Amanda works at the school as a librarian and his older brother Connor was a senior on the 2019 state championship basketball team when Brady was a freshman.
Brady played through a broken bone in his foot during his sophomore year but nothing compares to the battles that he's dealt with off the court, especially with his mother's health.
"She had a stroke in 2020 during COVID, just kinda out of nowhere, perfectly healthy and everything," said Brady. "When that happened I'd never lost a grandparent or family member or anything like that, so it was really difficult."
"I think he's learned that things like that can happen in life," said Brian. "When they do you have a choice. You can either throw your hands up and give up or you can get through it."
His mom recovered from the stroke but more turmoil came his way when Connor's soon-to-be wife died in a car accident in October of 2021.
"I feel like I'm a lot more mature and everything since then," Brady said.
He's still deciding on which sport he will play in college and where that will be, holding offers in both basketball and baseball. Brister's legacy at Kingston though, is all but cemented as this point as one of the best athletes to ever put on a Redskins' jersey.