Mar. 20: Outstanding Student Athlete: Westview's Jordyn Bontrager
For senior point guard Jordyn Bontrager, the 'Westview' on the front of his basketball jersey represents so much more than the team he plays for. It is family, and the home that took him in at a young age.
"My grandparents, I don't know where I'd be without them," Bontrager says. "They're just a true blessing to me. They've really helped me through a lot."
His mother, Crystal Bontrager, moved out when Jordyn was in seventh grade. He stayed with his grandparents, Duane and Leilani, in LaGrange County.
He gets his athleticism from his father, Floyd Young, who played four years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but has never been a big part of his life.
"I'm just kind of a strong kid I guess," Bontrager says of dealing with a difficult upbringing. "I've gone through quite a bit throughout my years. My grandparents have always been there for me, and my friends. Just got to love life and live each day to the fullest."
He has certainly done that this senior year. Bontrager has started since his sophomore year, but took on more of a scoring role this season. He leads the 22-4 Warriors in points (17.2 per game), assists (4.3) and steals (41).
"Shoots a high percentage from two, from three and from the free throw line," says Westview head coach Rob Yoder. "As well as handling the ball and playing really good defense. He's extremely important to us."
The Warriors are in the Class 2A Semi-State for the first time in six years. On Saturday they will face Louis Cass at 4pm at Huntington North High School. Win two more games and Westview will hang a third state championship banner in its home gym.
"Just looking up there and you see that," Bontrager says. "Just reminds you of what kind of basketball tradition this school has."
It is a tradition he is proud to be a part of. And a place Jordyn Bontrager is happy to call home.