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Toledo Senior Kreed Askin was an important part of the Indian football team (#23) and the recent success of the basketball team.

Toledo Senior Kreed Askin spent his last days as a high school athlete at the WIAA Basketball Hardwood Classic in Yakima last weekend, but what a ride it was! The Toledo boys basketball team took 6th place at the tournament and Askin was a key part of that trophy.

Askin is one of two seniors on this year's Toledo basketball team. Last year, the Indian's graduated seven and on paper, only Jacob Andrews was set to be a senior on this year's team.

While Askin was in the thick of things this year, he didn't even turn out for basketball in November of 2012.

"I decided to take my junior year off from basketball to maintain my grade point average," explained Askin. "Committing to the Toledo basketball program, you know that you're going to have to sacrifice a large portion of your time.

"I knew that my junior class schedule was loaded, along with all my other commitments to extra-curricular clubs, so taking all of that into consideration, I decided that I didn't want to risk my grades. I played this year, because I missed playing basketball, and I wanted to create more memories with my friends."

Memories. There were certainly some of those.

Askin found himself starting for the Indians often, but largely he considered himself a reserve player.

"My favorite contribution to the program is the defensive aspect," explained Askin who, at 5'6", is vertically challenged for basketball, but fit well into the infamous defensive scheme of Head Coach Scott Merzoian.

"I love the opportunities to disrupt opponents' offenses," he said.

Askin added surprising depth to a team that didn't have much respect at the start of the season.

"I'm so grateful to have been a part of a team that continuously improved, and constantly strengthened the player chemistry," he said. "I'm really happy that we peaked at the optimal time and won a district championship, along with a 6th place state trophy."

There are still a few questions about next year at this stage, but Askin has grand plans for the future.

"I plan to attend a four-year university next year in the hopes of achieving a double major in business management along with computer science, or computer engineering," he said. Askin would love to work for Nike at their headquarters some day.

Askin, a stand out football player for his small but bulldog build says his two brothers were a huge influence on him.

"Having the privilege to watch them go about their whole high school experience as well as high school sports participation, I wanted to follow their footsteps," he explained. "They've taught me numerous things that I have found to be a crucial requirement not only as a Toledo High School student, but as a Toledo High School athlete."

"This year was my first state attendance as a participating athlete, and it felt great to be able to enjoy the whole experience with my teammates and my coaches," says a proud Askin. "My birthday was last Wednesday (March 5th), so I consider our 6th place trophy a late, yet perfect birthday present."

Askin playing during the 2014 basketball season, which saw a sixth-place finish at state.

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