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Nyveen shines on varsity baseball, football teams

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Tanner Nyveen
Sophomore Tanner Nyveen steps up to bat in round one of the Southwest Preparatory Conference playoffs.

Sophomore Tanner Nyveen has carved himself a place not just in the hearts of his peers and coaches but also as a strong force in multiple athletics programs. 

Nyveen is a catcher and outfielder for the varsity baseball team and a linebacker on the football team. He said balancing these roles has posed several challenges for him but that he wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

“Being on the varsity team since freshman year was both an honor and a massive learning curve,” he said. “It really changed me, being one of the only underclassmen on the team, which I think developed me as a leader.”

His first year on the team, he said, was a “learning experience,” setting the foundation for what would be a breakout sophomore year. 

In 2024, Nyveen earned a starting spot as a designated hitter in the first round of the Southwest Preparatory Conference tournament, where his performance at the event turned many heads.

However, Nyveen’s journey has not been straightforward. 

During his transition from a growing freshman year to a more significant sophomore year, Nyveen faced a progressive labrum tear in his right shoulder while playing football. 

The injury not only cut his season short but also led to doubts about his ability to play baseball in the spring.

“The injury was mostly a mental challenge as well as a physical one,” Nyveen said.  “On some days when the pain was really bad, I questioned if I would be able to play again in the time frame I wanted.” 

The long rehab process, filled with keeping his mental health in check and regular medical evaluations, tested his perseverance.

“I knew the recovery was going to be long, but I knew I could get through it,” Nyveen said. 

Nyveen had a long physical therapy process to get his arm back into throwing shape. “I had to go on a long throwing program and physical therapy three days a week in order to just throw normally again. It really made me doubt myself sometimes but I got through it.”

Despite the setback in football, where he had just begun to secure an important role as a sophomore linebacker, Nyveen said his drive to play the sport is still with him. 

“I love football. I have played my entire life and I don’t plan on quitting for another two years,” he said.

Looking toward the summer, Nyveen is set to play for the Dallas Patriots, a club baseball organization. 

“Joining a new team is always kind of uncomfortable but exciting,” he said.

His current focus remains on balancing both his athletic commitments and academic responsibilities and working toward playing college baseball.

“Playing college baseball has always been my dream since I was a kid,” Nyveen said. 

Not only recognized for his athletic accomplishments, Nyveen’s teammates have only good things to say about him.

“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team, he’s a dog on the field, he has great vision running the football, he’s always consistent,” said sophomore quarterback Will Burba

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