Triton’s Quimby named one of the best in the HVL
Most student-athletes who are starting on varsity for the first time in their high school careers hope to have a good season, but few do as well as Triton junior Haeven Quimby who was recently named a Hiawatha Valley League All-Conference selection.
“Being named All-Conference is a big thing for me because it shows how much time and work I put into this sport and how much it means to me,” he said.
His head coach, Zak Hanegraaf, said Quimby definitely deserved this honor.
“All coaches vote on players and he earned it. Haeven earned the honor because he was our leading scorer this year,” he said.
Quimby averaged nearly 16 points and five rebounds per game.
While scoring double-digit points and earning All-Conference honors are nice personal achievements, he said it wasn’t one of his goals entering this past season.
“It was to win as a team and win a playoff game,” he said.
To work towards that goal, Hanegraaf said Quimby spent a lot of time working on his craft.
“He spends a lot of time in the offseason perfecting his game,” he said.
Quimby said his hard work helped him become a more aggressive and less dependent on outside shooting.
“Last year, I was a role player that just shot threes for us and that's what I mostly did last year, and this year I got stronger and faster and I did a lot more than just shoot threes,” he said.
However, he said his shooting is still a strength of his game.
“What makes me a strong scorer is my shooting ability and every time when I drive I don't slow down. [I’m] fearless and not scared to get blocked or shoot the ball,” he said.
In addition to scoring, Hanegraaf said he also did a good job rebounding this year.
Quimby agreed that his rebounding along with making smart choices on the court help the Cobras win.
Becoming a better player, he said, helped his self-confidence grow.
“I became more confident in myself and always kept a positive mindset,” he said.
Even though he’s more confident and a better scorer, Hanegraaf said Quimby is also an unselfish player.
“He has grown into a team player the past two seasons. He understands it takes a team to win and you can't do it by yourself. He has done a good job of becoming unselfish to get the best shot for our team and not just for himself,” he said.
That unselfish quality, Quimby said, has helped him grow as a leader.
“I'm there for everyone, I take charge on the court and make sure everyone is where they're supposed to be and I never give up,” he said.
Hanegraaf added that he demonstrates leadership by holding teammates accountable.
However, if he’s going to talk the talk, he’ll also have to walk the walk and Quimby knows that he can elevate his game to an even higher level as a senior.
“To make my game better [I have to] get in the gym and put the hours in,” he said.
Not only will better play support his role as a team leader, but it will also help Quimby reach his personal goal and help the Cobras achieve even more team success.
“My next goal is to try to hit 1,000 points,” he said. “For us as a team, it’s to get a home playoff game and win our first playoff game.”