BRIDGEPORT — Drake DeMasters, a 2019 Bridgeport High School graduate, has been voted the No. 3 male on the Star-Herald’s Dynamic Dozen Athletes of the Year list.
The list ranks the top 12 high school athletes from around the region based on their performances and accomplishments in multiple sports from the past school year.
DeMasters proved to be a standout for the Bulldogs on the gridiron, the basketball court, and the golf course during his senior year.
Standing at 6-foot-5 inches, DeMasters was a dominant force for a Bridgeport basketball team that enjoyed plenty of success. DeMasters led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14.4 points per game, on the glass with 9.3 rebounds per game, and in blocks with 2.8 per game. He also handed out 1.6 assists per contest.
Bridgeport finished the season with a final record of 23-3 and reached the Class C-2 state tournament before falling to Ponca in the first round. The Bulldogs also swept the tournament and regular-season titles in both the Western Trails Conference and South Platte Valley Association. Bridgeport advanced to state after claiming sub-district and district championships.
DeMasters was named the Most Valuable Player of both the WTC and the SPVA.
DeMasters continued his successful final year of prep athletics in golf this spring. He regularly finished near the top of every tournament he competed in.
DeMasters saved his best play for last. He qualified for the Class C state tournament individually after finishing third at the C-5 district tournament with a round of 79. He capped his career by medaling at state with a 13th-place finish with a score of 83. The tournament in Kearney was shortened to one day because of weather.
DeMasters plans to attend Chadron State College and major in sports management.
Q: How would you say your senior year of athletics went for you at Bridgeport?
DD: I think I had a very successful senior year in athletics and met a lot of my goals.
Q: Which athletic accomplishment by you or your team from this year meant the most to you?
DD: I was very honored to win the SPVA and WTC conference MVP awards. As far as a team, our basketball team making the state tournament was a great accomplishment.
Q: What sport do you enjoy competing in the most?
DD: I enjoy competing in a basketball game the most.
Q: What school did you get most pumped up to play against?
DD: I was very pumped and excited heading into the Battle Creek game (district basketball final).
Q: Outside of sports, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
DD: I enjoy being around all my favorite people in my free time.
Q: What was your favorite newspaper article to read about yourself or your team from this year?
DD: I liked all of the conference tournament and postseason basketball articles about me and the boys.
Q: If you could play a round of golf with any professional golfers, what two would you choose?
DD: Tough question, but I would probably have to choose Ricky Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Bridgeport?
DD: The Steel Grill would have to be my favorite place to eat a good meal at in Bridgeport.