Heppner family enjoys three generations of basketball state titles

Heppner family enjoys three generations of basketball state titles
Posted on 03/08/2018

Soon Lynden High School will raise another state championship banner for boys basketball. It will be the fourth banner over nearly 60 years that a Heppner has been a part of.

As the Lynden boys captured the 2A state title in Yakima on March 3, the Heppner family legacy continued. Former superintendent Howard Heppner won titles as a player in 1961 and 1962. His son, Brian, a current Lynden Middle School teacher and assistant basketball coach, won a title in 1991. And now, Brian’s son, Brock, a sophomore, has a 2018 title.

“I got a little choked-up watching Brock cut down the net after the game because I was so happy for him and it brought back a lot of memories for me,” Brian says. “It was a very rewarding experience for me personally as a player, but also again as a coach and parent.”

Brian says he never thought of the titles through the generational lens, as his dad never put any pressure on him to win it and he has tried to have conversations with Brock about being the best teammate he can be, using his strengths to help the team and to enjoy the journey. “I hope I haven’t put pressure on him,” Brian says.

While the Heppner family has plenty to share in the years of basketball, each one of the three has their own personal memories too, the ones they share not only with their family but with their teammates.