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Foyil’s Mason Valliere Athlete Spotlight Presented by Helt Heat and Air

Mason Valliere

Foyil High School 

Foyil basketball is on the rise as head coach Kyle Kendrick enters his second season at the helm of the program. One player he plans on leaning on this season is Mason Valliere, a 6-foot-3 senior who will start at center. Valliere is a VYPE Top 100 nominee this year. 

Last season Valliere averaged 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. 

“Mason gets a ton of attention for football and track that is extremely well deserved but his basketball abilities are severely overlooked. He was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year for our conference last season, and I expect him to put up big numbers this year,” said Kendrick. 

For Valliere, being committed to the team and improving each game is the formula for success this season. 

“The thing I love most about my teammates is their commitment to the team,” said Valliere. “The team is a work in progress.” 

Valliere will lead the trio of seniors Foyil has on the roster this season. Dalton Ward and Calvin Floyd figure into the overall success of the team as well. For Valliere, the big man said he’s been impressed by one of the sophomores in early practices. 

“One player who has impressed me in practice and scrimmages is Kevin Chambers,” said Valliere. “I enjoy spending time will all of my teammates.” 

The goal this season is to improve with every outing, but Valliere has set a high bar for himself and the team. 

“I want us to go 22-0 this season,” said Valliere. 

Coach Kendrick believes the team has a good mix of players that should equal wins.

“We should be much improved from last year. We have a good mix of size and speed and after spending most of last season laying the foundation of success, we are ready to build on that this year. We gave up as average of 49 points per game last year and I expect us to be even better defensively this season,” said Kendrick. 

Valliere is a member of National Honor Society and STUCO. Like many of his peers, he has a favorite subject and teacher at Foyil HS. 

“My favorite subject is chemistry, and my favorite teacher is Mr. Harper,” said Valliere. 

Coach Kendrick added, “Mason is not only a dynamic athlete that we ask to do a tremendous amount for our team, but he’s also a great kid to be around. Always smiling and happy and extremely coachable.” 
 After graduating from high school, Valliere said he would like to pursue a degree and become a nurse practitioner. For now, the focus is getting better and winning games. 

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