Bellevue Christian Vikings senior guard Andy Moyer, left, and Vikings head coach Brandon Kats, right, hope to lead the Vikings to the Class 1A state tournament for the second year in a row during the 2018-19 season.
                                Shaun Scott, staff photo

Bellevue Christian Vikings senior guard Andy Moyer, left, and Vikings head coach Brandon Kats, right, hope to lead the Vikings to the Class 1A state tournament for the second year in a row during the 2018-19 season. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Moyer to embrace senior leadership role

Vikings looking to continue ascent on the hardwood.

The leading scorer on the 2017-18 Bellevue Christian Vikings boys basketball team can’t wait for his senior year on the basketball court to begin.

Bellevue Christian guard Andy Moyer, who averaged a team-high 18 points per game as a junior last season, will shoulder even more responsibility on and off the court during his senior campaign. Moyer’s junior season was memorable for all the right reasons. The Vikings advanced to the Class 1A state basketball tournament in Yakima and finished with an overall record of 18-7. Mount Baker defeated Bellevue Christian, 62-57, in the first round of the state tourney on Feb. 28.

Making the trip east of the mountains for the state tournament was something Moyer dreamed about since he was in elementary school.

“It was something I always wanted to do since I was 6 or 7 years old. I have always wanted to go to the dome (Yakima SunDome). It was so great to get there,” Moyer said.

Moyer, who primarily played shooting guard the past two years, will spit his time between point guard and shooting guard in his final season with the Vikings. The 6-foot combo guard has the complete trust of Vikings head coach Brandon Kats. Kats, a 2009 graduate of Bellevue Christian, will be in his fifth season of leading the varsity program this coming season.

Kats said many of the key contributors from last year’s team graduated this past June and has no doubt Moyer will thrive running the show for the Vikings at the point guard position.

“Andy scored a ton for us last year but I know he can play some point (guard). I’m always going to try to have my best players on the court with the ball in their hands. He knows that if he is going to play at the next level, that it is going to be at the point. We have to find that balance of him still remaining aggressive with that scoring mentality while still running the team. We don’t want to take away from his offensive aggressiveness,” Kats explained.

Moyer plans on being much more boisterous than in his previous two seasons on the varsity team in his final season of high school basketball.

“I want to become more of leader. Last year our seniors were the leaders. Now that I’m becoming a senior, I want to lead by example. Last season I wasn’t very vocal, I want to become more vocal and be someone that the younger guys can look up to,” Moyer said.

Kats is determined to see his squad return to Yakima for the Class 1A state tournament in March of 2019.

“Right after we lost at state (62-57 defeat against Mount Baker) when we got back to our hotel we talked about how getting to state was the new expectation. I think tasting state gave our team some motivation. I have already seen it in summer practice. They practice harder and they are more vocal,” Kats said. “Last year was such a cool experience for them. It was something they can hang their hat on and help us take the next step.”

Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Moyer a few questions about his life away from the basketball court.

Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite restaurant in Bellevue?

Andy Moyer: I like Chick-Fil-A. It is always really good.

BR: How many text messages do you send per day?

AM: I don’t know the exact number. Usually its between 20 and 30.

BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?

AM: People that talk down on themselves and beat themselves down. I don’t think people should be doing that.

BR: What is your favorite movie of all time?

AM: One of the “Star Wars” movies.

BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?

AM: It would probably be Kyrie Irving (National Basketball Association basketball player). He is an interesting person. He is always talking about interesting things.

BR: What is your dream vacation spot?

AM: Hawaii. It is just beautiful out there. It has great weather and great food.

BR: What is your favorite dinner dish?

AM: Anything that is Italian. A classic pasta with good sauce is great.

BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?

AM: I like photography.

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