If there’s a sports “A-List” in Cambria, the Coast Union Kniffen siblings are certainly worthy of placement in that esteemed grouping. When the awards were given out for the top girls basketball players, Reagan Kniffen was given honorable mention in the Tribune.
And this week, when the top boys high school basketball talent was featured, Reagan’s brother Gehrig also received honorable mention.
Interviewed on the road while visiting the University of Montana and Washington State, Kniffen said it was an honor because “I worked so hard during the offseason.”
“I put in a lot of extra time and it showed,” he said. “I almost put in more individual hours practicing than I did during team practices. I worked hard so I could bring better skills to the team game.”
Kniffen said he had the basic skill set entering his senior year, but because he had more opportunities “to carry the offensive load” this season, he drove to the basket and pulled up for jumpers more often than he did as an underclassman.
If he enrolls in the University of Montana, he is going to try to get involved with the basketball program — not necessarily as a varsity player, but as an assistant, because his ultimate goal is to get involved with coaching.
Kniffen, who also played football his senior year and is a standout on the baseball team, said, “I’m just trying to work my way up into that coaching realm and see if I can get there.”
Anyone who has witnessed Kniffen’s talent and competitiveness would never bet against him.