Tigard duo set to take things to the next level
TIGARD — Gabby Brown scored a lot of goals.
Campbell Gray sank a lot of baskets.
Those are two totally different things, of course. But Brown and Gray, both Tigard High School seniors, have something in common. They both made their college choices official last week, as they signed their national letters of intent in front of a crowd of friends, family, teammates and coaches at a ceremony held Nov. 14 at Tigard High School.
"It means a lot," said Brown, who signed to play college soccer at the University of Nevada. "It's what I've been work for the past 12 years, and not that I have finally made everything official, it feels really, really big."
"I'm just super excited," said Gray, who will play college basketball at the University of California, Davis. "Davis is a great school, and I can't wait to be there next year."
Brown and Gray have something else in common — they've both been a big part of Tigard athletic programs for four years. Brown just finished her fourth season on the Tigard girls soccer varsity team and Gray is starting her fourth season as a member of the Tiger girls basketball varsity squad.
"I loved my time at Tigard," Brown said. "All the coaches that I had all the way through really helped me, and the team has been incredible all the way through the process."
This past fall, as a high-scoring forward, Brown helped the Tigers to an overall record of 8-7 and a berth in the OSAA state playoffs. She scored her scoring prowess in a match with David Douglas back on Sept. 13, when she scored three goals in a game span of 1 minute and 29 seconds early in the second half. That just might be what the University of Nevada is looking for.
"I'm going in to help rebuild the program," Brown said. "There are two new coaches there, so it's basically a rebuilding process, and I'm part of that. It's exciting to know that I'm going to a school that is appreciative of the player that I am, and are excited to have me there."
According to Brown, Nevada plans on using her in the midfield, as opposed to the forward position she played at Tigard.
"It will be a little different than in high school," she said. "I think it will be a good thing, to be able to have an offensive presence, and also being able to defend. Everything has been a goal, so getting to play soccer at the next level is really exciting."
That goes for Gray, as well.
"It's been a like goal, but more of a next step," she said. "I always saw it as the next thing that I would do."
And UC-Davis turned out to be the right place for the Tiger star to look to take that step.
"When I went and visited, I just got that feeling," Gray said. "I loved it there. The coaches and the players were all great. It just felt like home."
Gray is coming off a banner junior basketball season at Tigard. In the 2017-18 season, Gray, a guard, was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, while also earning Class 6A first-team all-state honors, as she helped lead the Tigers to the league championship and to fourth place at the Class 6A state tournament.
She's looking forward to more success during her upcoming season at Tigard.
"I'm excited for my senior season," she said. "I think we're going to come back strong."
And then, it will be time to start preparing for college basketball.
"I'm going to need to put a lot more work in," Gray said.
The same goes for Brown.
"Get fit — that's what I need to do," Brown said with a laugh. "I need to dedicate all my time now to getting fit."
But, while there's a lot of work ahead for both Brown and Gray, they were both all smiles during last week's signing day.
"Gabby is a great friend, and I'm really excited I got to do this with her," Gray said."It's great seeing all the support. Now I don't have to worry about anything else, I'm ready to go."