Galena’s Sarwinski named 3A Player of the Year

Brett Sarwinski is the "Sports in Kansas" 3A Player of the Year.

GALENA, Kan. – Galena High School’s Brett Sarwinski has been named the “Sports in Kansas” 3A Player of the Year.

It’s the second straight season Sarwinski has earned the honor.

“It means a lot to me,” Sarwinski says, “You do all the hard work in the gym in the summer and you’re always working on your game. When you can go out and perform to the best of your ability and you’re rewarded at the end, it’s just a great feeling.”

“It’s the first time we’ve had one at all,” says Galena head coach Matt Meyr on his guard earning Player of the Year, “To do it two years in a row it’s a credit to him and how hard he’s worked for four years, and even longer than four years, probably. He’s worked for his whole life to get to this point.”

The senior guard was great all season for Galena.

Sarwinski averaged 19.5 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. He also dished out 4 assists per night.

“He’s just a great player as far as basketball IQ,” says Galena head coach Matt Meyr, “He did a great job leading us as a team and putting people in the right places at times on his own out there. He could guide the other players on what to do and he kind of led us in that way, being the floor general.”

Sarwinski led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record in the CNC this season, winning the league for the third consecutive year. Galena also made its third straight appearance in the 3A state tournament.

The senior guard leaves Galena as the program’s all-time leading scorer.

“He’s the kid that’s always putting in the hard work outside of practice. He would be up here at night getting extra shots up. He would stay after practice to get extra shots up,” Meyr says, “All of that led him to be the all-time points leader here and get the respect of people around the state.”

“The support around here is just crazy, from the community and everything. It means a lot to me, it really does,” Sarwinski finishes, “When I play the game and people are always behind me, it just helps me stay locked in and know I’m playing for them.”

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