Motivated Gael

—Submitted photo THE 2019 terry Griffey AWARD WINNER, Andrew Gibb, with his parents, Judd and Mary. The Griffey Award is given annually to the top male athlete at St. Edmond High School.

There have been plenty of nights when Andrew Gibb has shot lights-out on the basketball floor.

And that’s not just in regards to his incredible four-year career at St. Edmond.

Gibb, a “gym-rat” in the highest regard, was honored with the 2019 Terry Griffey Award, which goes to the top senior male athlete at St. Edmond.

The future Iowa Central player will get the chance to fulfill his dream thanks to countless hours spent bettering himself in the gym long after everyone else has gone home.

“I’m really looking forward to everything about this upcoming season,” Gibb said. “I’ve always wanted to play college basketball, so it’s all been pretty exciting.”

Gibb spent much of his summer going up against current and future college players as part of the YMCA Captial City League in West Des Moines, helping lead his team to the title.

He’s also been getting in workouts with his soon-to-be coaches at Iowa Central — Chad Helle and Ky Kramer — along with Randy Brown.

“The summer has went very well,” he said. “Playing in the Capital City League has been an experience and working with Coach Helle, Coach Kramer and Coach Brown has really helped prepare me.”

Gibb will be part of the first recruiting class for Helle as head coach, as he replaces Dennis Pilcher in that role for the Tritons.

“It’s exciting to be part of that first class for Coach Helle,” Gibb said. “Coach Pilcher has obviously had a tremendous career and has paved the way for this next chapter in Iowa Central basketball.”

He finished his St. Edmond career as the school’s career scoring leader with 1,539 points, making 526 field goals, 139 three-pointers and 345 free throws. Gibb also recorded 191 assists, 189 rebounds and 81 steals.

In his senior season alone, Gibb tallied 661 points, including a personal-best 46 vs. Newell-Fonda. He was a two-time all-state selection.

Basketball, though, wasn’t the only sport Gibb found success in as a Gael. He was on the winning 4×400-meter relay team at state track this past fall, despite it being the first time he ran track at the high school level.

Gibb also earned all-state honors in golf and was a member of the football team for three seasons. He was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship and recently earned the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship for his outstanding academic achievements, extracurricular activities and fortitude.

“This award definitely means a lot to me,” he said. “I have never played sports for awards or accolades, but it’s definitely nice to be recognized.”

Named for Lt. Terrence Griffey, a graduate of 1958 graduate of St. Edmond, the award was first handed out in 1968. Griffey was killed in action over Vietnam in 1966.

The other finalists for the award were Nick Bennett, Jackson Kochendorfer, Sean Newell and Mitchell Rasmussen.