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TaeVyn Grixby (right), Austin Jablonski

Lincoln Southwest's TaeVyn Grixby (23) dribbles past Pius X's Austin Jablonski Feb. 10, 2018, at Lincoln Pius X. Southwest defeated Pius X 59 to 57. KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

Defense on the basketball court? Honestly, it’s not for everyone.

But Lincoln Southwest senior TaeVyn Grixby is one of those basketball standouts who loves to play D.

“I like the challenge of guarding everyone’s best player,” he said.

And he is awfully good at it, according to Southwest coach Alex Bahe.

“He is an outstanding athlete – strong, fast, quick,” Bahe said, “and it makes him incredibly valuable for us on both sides of the ball. TaeVyn was our best perimeter defender last year, and we expect him to be even better this year.”

Grixby’s outstanding work as a defensive back on the football field helped Southwest finish with a 7-2 record in the regular season and a spot in the Class A state playoffs. He has several offers on the table to play football in college, and that is his favorite sport. No surprise with a father (DeAntae) and uncle (Cortney) who excelled for the Husker football program.

But now it’s time for some hoops, and Grixby is excited about the prospects for Southwest.

“We’re going to be a very athletic team,” he said. “We know people might underestimate us this season, like they did last season, but our motto is to just stay the course.”

Grixby, 6-2 and 185 pounds, wants to take his offensive game up a notch this season.

“I need to become a better scorer and contribute on that side,” he said.

Bahe knows he can do it.

“TaeVyn is a slasher that can get to and finish around the rim. When he gets going downhill with the ball in his hands in transition, he is tough to stop. TaeVyn will have to carry more of the offensive load than last year to help us fill the offensive void left by JaQuaylon Mays.”

Off the court, Grixby is part of the Southwest Athletic Leadership Team and was a volunteer for the Cornhusker State Games last summer.

“Giving back to the community is what I like to do,” he said.

He has a big fan in Bahe.

“TaeVyn is a great kid, teammate and leader,” Bahe said. “He does everything with energy and passion. As a younger player, he had a difficult time controlling that emotion, but as he has matured it has become an incredible positive for our team. He brings it every day – practice and games.”

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