Written by Brad Peters, Sondra Lough and Kevin Corridan
Bradley Kleven and Kathryn Hammar were selected as the 2016-2017 Athletes of the Year of King High. They were honored at the Senior Athlete Banquet on Friday night.
Kathryn Hammar was a four year athlete in the sports of cross country and track. Her years of competition were marked by improvement and contribution that grew by the season. Much of her junior year was lost or hindered to injury, but her senior year was a special one, as she contributed greatly to the success of the 2016 girls cross country team that was undefeated in league, finished seventh in CIF SS Division One and sixth in the State Championship During the Fall season, she was consistently one of the top three runners on the team, and her competitive efforts made a significant difference on a team that had been a good team in 2015, to a great one in 2016.
Though an injury would keep her from competing at the end of the 2016 season, she rebounded from the set back and made the most of the track season. She finished the season with standout performances in League Finals where she finished 3rd in the 800 and 4th in the 1600, qualifying for CIF competition. Her 5:08.18 1600 meter best was 30 seconds faster than her 9th grade time and stands currently as the 6th fastest mark in school history for the distance and it ranks as the third fastest time by a senior in school history. She helped set two relay records in 2017, the Distance Medley and the 4×1600 Meter relay. In cross country, she holds King’s #3 time over three miles by any senior who has raced for King.
Amid the remarkable athletic growth, she was also an AP scholar, kept a GPA in excess of 4.0 and was in engineering classes. But above all, Kathryn’s four years have demonstrated an increased character of grace and compassion, exemplified in a sacrificial love she has shown her teammates, often in the midst of the shadow of personal pain and the disappointment of physical setbacks.
Bradley Kleven was a two-year starter for the boys’ volleyball program. Last year (2015-16) Bradley played middle blocker. He worked hard in the off season and became a huge factor in our success as a six-rotation player moving to the outside hitter position. The demands of this position are that a player is expected to do it all- serve, pass, attack, block and dig. Not only did he rise to the pressure of the position, but, as captain, he led his team to their first winning record and a CIF playoff appearance. Throughout this season, Bradley had 14 matches in which he achieved double-doubles in kills and digs.
Bradley is an incredible young man. He is a humble, talented, and an awesome teammate. His teammates respect him on and off the court. Bradley was a great captain and was responsible with every duty asked of him; he led by his actions and approached his role of being a leader by setting the example for other players to follow. Bradley always wanted to do more than expected and took on more than asked. He was one of the hardest worker on our team.
In Football, Brad Kleven was a 3-year starter, twice a 1st team All Big 8 QB for the football program who left the program having broken many game, single season and career records:
57 Passing Attempts vs Norco 10/14/16
28 Passing Completions vs Norco 10/14/16
424 Passing yards vs Norco 10/14/16
5 Passing Touchdowns vs Paloma Valley 11/11/16
Single Season Records
397 Passing Attempts
209 Passing Completions
2656 Passing yards
27 Passing Touchdowns
765 Passing Attempts
394 Passing Completions
5189 Passing yards
47 Passing Touchdowns
The numbers will fade in time but the character of the young man will last forever. He has made a profound impact on our program, school and community. In addition to life as a student athlete he grounds himself in Christ and goes on mission trips through our local Church. Brad Kleven is one of the highest character athletes I have ever coached….I will always look up to him literally and figuratively for the young adult he is and man he will become.
Indeed, it is the outstanding character of these two talented athletes that shines most brightly, and that leaves a shining legacy for others to follow.