HAYFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) – For Hayfield senior guard Mason Tapp, it hasn’t always been high flying acrobatics.
As a Junior, Tapp broke his leg and missed most of Hayfield’s season, when the team got off to a 1-18 start.
“I just came in thinking I have to give it my all, because I didn’t have a shot last year,” said Tapp.
But after Tapp returned the Vikings were able to rattle off wins in four of their last nine games.
“Obviously a big impact on our team. We got a lot of young guys looking up to him and he’s definitely our leader on the floor,” said Hayfield Head Coach, Chris Pack.
Now as the team’s only senior, Tapp has his team off to a roaring 3-1 start, averaging 23 points per game to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game and plenty of highlight reel dunks.
“It’s just a huge adrenaline rush and hearing all the fans supporting you and going crazy, it’s a really fun thing to do,” added Tapp.
He comes from an athletic family too, his cousins Paige and Hannah Tapp starred on the University of Minnesota volleyball team.
“Sometimes it’s a lot to live up to, just knowing your relatives have done so much with their sports careers. But it’s fun being in an athletic family, it’s always competitive when we do stuff and it’s pushed me to be the best I can,” added Tapp.
Having someone like Mason has made life easier for head coach Chris Pack, if he’s ever in a bind, all he has to do is call Mason’s number.
“We got a lot of different sets to get Mason three pointers, or drives to the basket, or alley oops and if teams key on him, we also have things that we can use him as a screener to get other guys open. He’ll do whatever it takes to lead us to wins,” continued Pack.
Hayfield’s Mason Tapp is this week’s KTTC Newscenter Sports Athlete of the Week.