SVSJ commentary: Camas’s Broadbent shows two teams, two communities that there’s more to football – and sports – than what goes on on the field

With teammates at his side, Mount Si High School football senior receiver Brayden Holt (seated, left center) is given words of encouragement by Camas senior receiver/defensive back Kolby Broadbent (right), a gesture which has earned Broadbent praise on social media, following last Saturday’s playoff game, won by the Papermakers ending Mount Si’s season. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

While the winter sports season at Mount Si High School is now in full swing, the football team is still winding things down after their season ended this past weekend. While the game itself perhaps proved not to be the greatest for Mount Si, as they fell to the Camas Papermakers 35-14 in the WIAA 4A semifinal playoff game, knocking the Wildcats out of the playoffs, something which took place afterward is generating some attention, and great praise on social media, and we want to take some time to talk about that now.

What it was was a tremendous act of sportsmanship, and just frankly out and out kindness, from one of the Papermaker players towards members of the Wildcat football team following the game this past Saturday. The Camas player, senior Kolby Broadbent, was seen by several witnesses and photographers helping to console several Mount Si players who were visibly emotional following the game. According to one witness, a Camas teacher who tweeted out her observation, Broadbent went over to the group of Wildcat players, among them top senior receiver Brayden Holt, lifted them off the ground and gave all of them hugs and high fives, and this was before he began postgame celebrations with his team. Two photographers – Mount Si team photog Curt Carlson and Scorebook Live’s Andy Buhler – also caught images of it, with Buhler putting his out on Twitter.

We got in contact via Twitter with Kolby’s mom, Jamie, who told us that sports and competitive spirit has been part of Kolby since he was little. He’s a two-sport athlete, also playing baseball for Camas, but he has been playing football for the Papermakers, primarily on defense, since his sophomore year. “Football is a perfect match for his personality,” Jamie Broadbent told us via Twitter, also noting his natural leadership and that he is a very compassionate, empathetic young man who feels everything that competitive spirit brings.

And people have noticed it with Kolby for years. His mom made mention to us of a letter that his eighth-grade wrestling coach wrote to him, a letter which hangs proudly to this day on his bedroom wall and continues to serve as a valuable reminder of the importance of maintaining these character traits every day. In that letter, the coach told Kolby that seeing him progress as a student, athlete and just kid in general was “one of the highlights” of his teaching and coaching career in schools in that community in southwest Washington.

She told us Kolby is looking to attend college, possibly at the University of Arizona, and is interested in majoring in nursing.

Mount Si, as you might imagine, was devastated with having their season come to an end after all the hard work they had put in to get to the semifinals for only the second time in school history, and galvanize an entire school and community in the process. Kolby’s gesture, though, helped to soothe those emotions, and it is a gesture that we hope is not lost on Mount Si, its players or fans. We wish Kolby a great rest of his senior year, and good luck down the road in college. Things like this demonstrate great character and we think this young man is going to be one you’re going to be hearing a lot of good things about in the future. We suggest to the University of Arizona and other schools contacted by the Broadbent’s that Kolby will be a tremendous asset to your campuses.

It’s young men like Kolby that high schools in every community aim to produce, and as you know, Mount Si and the lower Valley’s high school, Cedarcrest in Duvall, have produced many like him. Kolby, through his tremendous sportsmanship and class, did his school and Camas community proud on Saturday and for that, we salute you here. Kolby sets a strong example for his peers every day, and is one of the bright lights, of which we think there are many, of his Camas school and community. A true leader in the sense of the word and one which we think, as we noted, will have a great future ahead of him.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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