IMS senior Drake Brezina recently received the 2017 Chris Street Memorial Scholarship from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) for Southeast Iowa, one of four throughout the state to be so recognized. Chris Street was an Iowa Hawkeye basketball player who died in a tragic auto accident in 1993. An all-Big Ten performer, Street was known for his work ethic, passion, and high character. The award goes to one connected to a high school program who is not a player, one who represents what Chris Street embodied.
Brezina suffered an ACL injury in football, and was unable to play basketball this season. Number 40 (the same number Street wore) was not used by another IMS basketball player this past season in honor of Brezina, as he instead helped out as a student assistant coach for the season. He was almost always at entire practices as well as other team activities and received the team’s Most Inspirational Player award as well as the Coaches Appreciation Award. Coach Dwight Gingerich said, “Drake was without question our Chris Street guy, with his tireless work ethic, intensity, and energy, combined with the high quality of his character. And it’s pretty neat Drake even wore Chris Street’s number!
Brezina receives a $500 scholarship from the IBCA as part of the recognition.
The son of Kim and Mark Wood and Ryan Brezina, Drake plans to attend Northwestern College (IA) where he will major in education and play football and baseball.