BILLINGS – Braydon Deming and Brittanee Fisher joined an exclusive club Wednesday night as the two were named the 2017 Midland Roundtable Athletes of the Year.
Deming beat his twin brother Bryson, along with close friend Nate Dick in the voting. All three are headed to the University of Montana in the fall to play football, where Braydon has a full scholarship waiting.
It’s ultimately another win in the competitive sibling rivalry.
“It relates back to track,” Deming said. “He (Bryson) told me when we were eating, ‘You know if I don’t win this I’m going to go over 60 in the shot this weekend’ because he’s going to be so mad. I’m pulling pulling for him. He’s going to bomb one this weekend.”
The senior from Billings West was a true three-sport athlete during his high school career. Deming was a first-team all-state tight end and linebacker in his senior football season, and an all-state basketball player, as well.
Deming also earned four track and field letters in high school, and won the 2016 State AA shot put title. He finished second in the 2016 State AA discus competition, and currently has the top AA discus mark in Montana this season.
Deming earned invitations to 2017 Montana Shrine Football Game, the 2017 Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl, and the 2017 Montana-Wyoming All-Star Basketball series. He and Bryson will play in the basketball games on June 9 and 10, but will not participate in either football game to get a jump on offseason workouts in Missoula.
Both also starred in the classroom, with 3.8 GPAs.
Braydon became West’s first male winner since Brady Gustafson in 2012. Billings Senior runner Dawson LaRance and athlete Keaton Anderson were also nominated. All five will play sports at Division I colleges.
Fisher, meanwhile, became the fourth consecutive female winner from Billings Senior, joining Christina Aragon (2016), Taylor Mims (2015), and Morgan Sulser (2014).
The slugger earned four softball letters during her high school career, and was named second-team all-conference as a freshman and junior. The hard-hitting senior will head to MSU Billings in the fall on a softball scholarship.
Fisher added basketball to her resume in the final two years of high school, helping the Broncs to a third-place State AA finish her senior season.
“If you would’ve told me this two weeks ago (that I’d win this), I would’ve looked at you like you’re crazy,” Fisher said after the banquet. “It’s just not something I expected. I do athletics because they’re fun to me. I’m not doing them for any specific goal. It’s crazy to be rewarded for something after you’ve put in so much hard work.”
It turned into quite the senior year for Fisher, who carries a 3.95 GPA and was named the school’s Prom Queen.
“A lot of the girls from Senior, I looked up to them as a freshman and a sophomore. It’s kind of been a dream, but I never really expected it to happen.”
Fisher edged fellow Bronc Sydney Norwood, as well as Skyview’s Tyler Fleury, Central’s Josie Snyder, and West’s Cody Rogers.