Rayburn brings championship pedigree across the border to Briercrest mens basketball

Posted: August 19, 2015

Colton Rayburn will be bringing his game across the border from Puyallup, Washington to the Briercrest men’s basketball team this fall.

The 6’2” forward was a dual sport athlete while in high school.

“I’m graduating from Cascade Christian High School,” Rayburn said. “We are the Cascade Christian Cougars. I played football, also, in which we won the state championship. I have been on the Honor Roll (3.0-3.5 GPA) my entire high school career.

Briercrest Head Coach Gradyn Childerhose is excited for what Rayburn will bring to the team this year.

“I’m really excited for Colton to be a part of our squad this year,” Childerhose said. “He comes from a championship tradition in Washington, and he knows how to win. He has a team-first attitude and an incredible work ethic that will set the bar for his teammates.”

Rayburn started playing basketball at a young age and hasn’t looked back since.

“I started playing when I was six,” Rayburn said. “I have played every year since. I have played on Cascade Christian elementary teams through 6th Grade and then onto the junior high team and then onto the high school team. I also played select for a club team from my fourth Grade year to my 9th Grade year. I also just got back from the Philippines on a team that played for Sports Ambassadors.”

Rayburn has had several highlights during his career.

“Highlights in my career include going to Yakima for the state tournament my junior year, and playing with my best friend all my life,” Rayburn explained. “We have played since kindergarten on the same team and we have made districts, regionals and state all four years. My achievements include my team won academic state champions for my senior year with a 3.67 GPA. We won seventh place my junior year out of the entire state. I was the leader of my team in free throw percentage, block shots, and rebounds my junior and senior year, and held the highest streak of consecutive free throws made (in a game) at 28.”

The transition to Briercrest is an exciting one for Rayburn.

“I love to play basketball, hang out with friends and be with my family,” said Rayburn. “I love to go hunting and fishing. I love the outdoors. I am planning on studying Church Ministries with a major in Missions and a minor in Pastoral Ministries. I am looking forward to a fresh start. I have gone to Cascade my entire life. I’m ready for something new and different. Also, my sister attends Briercrest as well and my parents are both alumni of Briercrest so I'm looking forward to carrying on the family name. Also, getting to go to school with my sister. I got to go on a missions trip this summer to the Los 40 Principales Maxima FM Philippines for 17 days. We were with Sports Ambassadors which is like Athletes in Action. I plan on attending more in the future.” 

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