Former Central Valley girls basketball coach Freddie Rehkow, who was named the National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year last season, has been working with Scorebook Live to shine a light on girls basketball players and coaches across the state of Washington.
Rehkow recently caught up with Central Valley High School senior guard Mady Simmelink, who has helped lead the Bears to a 19-2 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest WIAA 4A girls basketball RPI rankings.
How would you describe your game?
I am a tenacious, yet composed player. I am a quick player that always has the mindset of winning. I am a good teammate and know when to encourage and lift my teammates up. I am a natural born leader and I am very committed and passionate for the game of basketball.
What are your goals for this season?
Team goal: To win another state title.
Individual goal: To be a key player and leader for my team. To also earn GSL first team.
How would you describe your coach (Ryan Bragdon)?
My coach is new to Central Valley this year. He has a different coaching style than my coaches in the past, but is committed to helping me and my team achieve our goals for the season. He also seeks to create a team dynamic where the players can take ownership of the team and themselves.
Tell us about a coach who’s had a big influence on you.
Chris Carlson from my club team North Idaho Elite. He has had a huge impact on my success as a player because of his commitment to build my confidence, skill set, and integrity as a player.
Who is your favorite player?
My favorite player is Angie Bjorklund because I have always looked up to her and strived to be like her. I have always looked up to her because she went to University High School which is local for me and she was known for her hard work and dedication to the game.
Who is your toughest matchup this season?
Our toughest matchup this season was Lewis and Clark. We lost to them early in the season by nine. They are a tough team with many talented girls. We played them later in the season and beat them, but they gave us a good, hard fought game.
What is your favorite gym in the state to play in?
Central Valley’s gym is my favorite to play in because it is an environment I am comfortable in.
What are your aspirations as a player?
My hope as a player is to be a key contributor and leader at the next level. I want to be recognized as a great teammate and a true leader for my team.
Where are you playing next year?
I am committed to Concordia University in Portland to play D2 basketball.