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With basketball season already underway, we have seen plenty of great athletes beginning to make their mark this season. One of those athletes has been Brooke Dial from Parish Episcopal who recently won the VYPE DFW Private School Preseason Girls Basketball Player of the Year Fan Poll presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. VYPE DFW was able to catch up with Dial in regards to her time thus far with Parish and what her expectations are for the season and the rest of her future:
The junior small forward makes sure to keep her priorities in line all year long- to include during the off-season- in order to remain at the top of her game. "[During the offseason] I continue to workout, train, read, and motivate my teammates," Dial told VYPE in an exclusive interview. "I watch film from last year to see what I have to work on to improve." While staying on her game, Dial is sure to head into each new season with a great mindset. This season her mindset is to put her team first. "Do what I can and be there for my teammates and my team- to help out as much as possible."
With a mindset like that, it's not too difficult to be successful, but is there an overall secret to being successful in the TAPPS world of high school basketball? "Honestly, constantly being in the gym. Even when I'm not working out, I'm there watching games," she told VYPE. As far as an overall team success- the only secret is being cohesive as a team, says Dial. "Teamwork makes the dream work. It's about how close all of us are- we hang out outside of basketball and we have a respect for each others game. We also know our role."
With the season well underway, Dial has an idea of what she want the rest of it to look like. "[My goals this season are to] continue working to get better, improve my mid-range jumper, help with the overall success of the team, and hopefully get some offers," Dial said. With a team-first attitude and the ability to stay focused, Dial also has an idea of what the team would like to accomplish this season: "to get better together and win as many games as we can. Of course- win state."
As a junior, Dial has made many memories so far. One of her favorite memories comes from her very first year with the Panthers. "My favorite memory is making first-team All-District my first year at Parish Episcopal," Dial said before adding that another favorite memory she has with the team is "making it to the second round of playoffs."
There's no doubt that Dial has a bright future ahead of her. Although she is currently not committed to a college program, she hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing basketball at the next level. "I am looking for a program to better develop as a player, where the team is like a family, everybody likes everybody, and I can feel comfortable as well as be myself."
Dial plans to major in kinesiology as she hopes to one day become a physical therapist.
Who is your favorite professional sports team?"Portland Trail Blazers."
Who do you look up to as an athlete?"Damian Lillard."
If you could go to dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be?"Steph Curry and family."
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Parish Episcopal football's sophomore offensive guard Aidan Gilmore has posted a great season so far as he continues to be a driving force for the Panthers' offensive line. Gilmore has done a great job as the team has posted a 5-1 overall record so far (3-0 in district play)- including a big win last week over Prestonwood Christian Academy. VYPE DFW caught up with Gilmore in regards to the season so far as well as his plans for the future.
Staying focused can prove to be difficult for many young athletes, but for Gilmore there are many factors that keep him at the top of his performance and allow him to stay focused every off-season and regular season. "Staying in contact and training with Donald Hawkins and other D1/NFL athletes [keeps me focused]," Gilmore told VYPE. Last season, part of what kept Gilmore successful was his focus and continual training, but there was more to it: "I think the main thing is staying as close and personable with the team and sticking together like a family."
The team was obviously extremely successful last season as they posted their second-straight TAPPS state championship. "We worked 100% of the time," Gilmore noted as he recognized the hard work that the entire team put into last season's championship run. This season, Gilmore says the team has the same goal as last season: "Win state... again." Gilmore says he is looking forward to continuing to work and win together with his team.
While playing for Parish, Gilmore has been making regular college visits with the most recent visits being at Texas as well as Kansas State. One of Gilmore's goals this season- among playing the best he can in order to win state again- is bringing in college offers. Gilmore has posted some of his visits on social media to include a trip to the Red River Rivalry game last week and a campus visit to Kansas State a couple of weeks ago where the Wildcats' fans treated Gilmore as though he was already part of the team:
Amazing atmosphere 💜 @hayden_wall @CoachCRiles pic.twitter.com/PvecmcPD0q— Aidan Gilmore ☠︎︎ (@AIDANGILMORE5) October 5, 2021
Although Gilmore has not yet committed to a program, he hopes to receive offers soon as he continues to play for Parish Episcopal. Gilmore has expressed interest in wanting to major in sports management or business and marketing when he is in college. As far as what he's looking for in a school? It's simple, says Gilmore. "I look for the vibe of the coaching staff- how the connection is and how they would be if they were coaching me. I also look at the feel of community and the school."
What is your favorite professional sports team?"The Dolphins because of my friend, Greg Little, who plays for them, but I will cheer on my home team (Dallas Cowboys) sometimes."
Who do you look up to as an athlete?"I look up to Greg Little, Austin Uke, Donald Hawkins, and others."