Bulldog of the Week - Van Heye
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
Senior Van Heye, a four year varsity starter for the Bulldog soccer team, recently signed with Hardin-Simmons University to play soccer next year.
"At the beginning of my senior season, I really decided that I wanted to play soccer in college," Heye said. "I've played soccer for 11 years, but when I moved to Bandera I didn't have an opportunity to play until high school. Getting to get back to the game I loved made me love it that much more."
Heye has excelled on the field for the Bulldogs since his freshman season, while receiving recognition on All-District teams each season. Heye received Second Team All-District Goalie his freshman and First Team All-District sophomore season, before grabbing Defensive MVP his junior year, and District MVP this past season.
"Playing the last four years has been a great experience," Heye said. "Receiving those awards was a great honor, but I wouldn't have received them without my coaches and teammates.
While being an exceptional player on the field, head coach Clifton Tierney has said that Heye has been a leader for the soccer team for the past four seasons.
"Van's Work ethic has been tremendous throughout the years as he had to go through an entire practice with the team and then stay afterword for up to an hour working on Goal Keeper Technique," Tierney said. "He has always been a great student athlete but I believe his senior year he really turned into a leader and became one of our team captains, which was a huge part of our success. Bandera ended up having the 5th best defense in the all greater San Antonio Area 3A-5A in front of Boerne Champion and San Antonio Churchill; I believe Van had a huge part in this overall ranking!"
While balancing athletics with academics, Heye is still top 25 percent in his class and maintains a 3.48 GPA while taking all advanced classes.
"Throughout high school I have had to sacrifice a lot of time to focus on academics, especially during soccer season," Heye said. "Although at times it was difficult, getting a chance to play at the next level made it all worth it."
After a successful four years with the Bulldogs, Heye is looking forward to the next four years of his soccer career as a Hardin Simmons Cowboy.
"It's really exiting to finally fulfill my goal of playing soccer in college," Heye said. "I can't wait to join the Cowboys next season, and I'm really looking forward to playing with all these players who are as excited about soccer as I am."