Snow Canyon’s Brock Staheli is not your typical teenager. The young man is a three-sport athlete who maintains his 4.0 GPA and as a senior he takes pride in challenging himself in all that he does.
Intensity may be what you first notice when you meet the young man, but do not be mistaken. Spend some time with Brock and you quickly learn that he is a genuine young man with an exceptionally high level of commitment. Brock has an incredible support structure behind him. “My council to him has been to enjoy the blessings that have come from his ability to commit to his athletics,” says Nate, Brock’s father, “Win or lose, compete, work hard, and let it happen.”
Reflecting on all the years he has been able to play sports and balance all that comes with doing so, Brock recognizes that every moment is precious, and that the relationship he has built with his teammates is something that he considers special. “I am real good friends with Britton [Shipp], and seeing him get hurt like that, it was hard. He is such a good friend, to all of us. We are really close.” He continues, “Britton taught me to never take anything for granted, to enjoy every second. You never know when it will be your last play, your last game, you don’t know how much longer you have got before you are no longer able to play the game you love with the people you love.”
“It does not matter who you play, you have to go into every game, every competition, with the right mindset.“
Preparing for his final season as a Warrior on the hardwood, Brock draws on past experiences for motivation to ensure he fights for every single possession on the court and leaves no room for his opponent. “My Sophomore year, playing Varsity, we played Dixie at home. I scored 16 points that game.” As Brock recounts the game, you can almost see him play out the season in his mind. “Back then I usually didn’t score much,” he says, “But I saw my opportunities to score in that game and I took them. The game came down to the final seconds and Dixie ran a play to get Jake Hawes in the corner for a three. He missed the shot so I box out my guy hard, and someone else came up with the rebound for the put back as the clock expired. It went in, but they didn’t get it off in time and we ended up with the win.”
The excitement that comes with a final shot at the buzzer is intense, for player and spectator alike. Yet in the final moments for Brock, as a sophomore, the win against Dixie, which was mere seconds from becoming a loss, taught him to give his all so he would never find himself in that same position again. “This year will be different, I have prepared so much for this year.”
Vince Lombardi, a kind of sports mentor of sorts to Brock, is often quoted as saying, “If you give me anything less that your best, you’re not only cheating yourself, your coaches, your teammates…You are also cheating the Maker who gave you the talent.” It is no wonder the drive to succeed is so very important to Brock, to never shy away from a challenge and to embrace difficulty as an opportunity to learn and grow.
The proper mindset is key for anyone that seeks to accomplish anything in life. Life is a competition. You are competing for nearly everything, the school, the grade, the job, everything. Yet it is in how you compete and how you “show up” that makes all the difference in the outcome. “A hard game for me was last year playing football against Bear River.” Brock recounting the first round of last seasons playoffs, “We went out there and played a team we feel we should have won but we just didn’t show up during the game.” The very personal lesson learned by Staheli, “It does not matter who you play, you have to go into every game, every competition, with the right mindset.”
Ever searching to improve his game Brock knows where to lend his focus. “I always look to my dad and my grandpa.” Says Brock, “With my dad, we always strive to be the most intense out there, to go the hardest, no matter what. With my grandpa, he is always helping me learn more about the game and how to play the game as well as the mental side of things.”
The opportunity to compete for so long, with the mentors Brock has deliberately chosen for himself, helps provide him with a long-term perspective. It is this outlook that Brock feels will be invaluable to him beyond his high school experience and something he counts himself fortunate to learn so early on. “The way I have always looked at it is, the way I play the game of basketball, that I enjoy the most, is going after it hard all the time. It is the way we should attack everything in life. Go after it with full intensity and purpose.”
“Watching him play and excel as an individual, the young man and teammate he is, I would have loved to strap ‘em up and play alongside him. I would always know that whatever I did he would always have my back,” says Nate Staheli. “It is exciting to know that he is learning to be a man and becoming a good person, in addition to being a quality athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. It’s those three sports, the opportunity he has had to develop solid relationships with his teammates, those relationships go well beyond the championships and on to the future.”
“The way I have always looked at it is, the way I play the game of basketball, that I enjoy the most, is going after it hard all the time. ”
The life’s lessons learned by mentors and coaches have helped mold Brock into the young man he is and who he hopes to continue to become as he matures. When faced with an opportunity to play baseball on an All-Star team and pitch a Sunday game, Brock made the decision to forego the game due to his personal commitment to his LDS faith not to play on Sundays. Playing instead the previous Friday and pitching a no-hitter the following Saturday against a team from Maui, HI, Brock’s team would eventually lose and not achieve a goal of a World Championship. Shortly after, Brock was asked by his father if he regretted his decision not to play on Sunday and Brock quickly respond, “Dad you never regret the right decision.”
This last year, the last games Brock will be playing as a Warrior, Brock has prepared a bit differently but intends on embracing each moment. Hoping to be remembered as a teammate who “Will always compete and will always have your back, no matter what.” When you catch him out on the court running those drills before the ref blows the whistle, especially if you are from Snow Canyon, don’t forget to bring a Snickers bar for Brock. Something about that Snickers bar which is always part of his pre-game warm-ups. Like most athletes, there is an element of superstition and ritual that comes with each game. The Snickers bar is Brock’s superstition. As for Brock’s passion and commitment to the program? That is his ritual. • HSSI