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Aaron joined the team in the fall of 2015 and has enjoyed being a part of East Idaho Game Night for boys' and girls' basketball, as well as football. Aaron grew up in several different states, but currently calls Idaho Falls home. He is a former Firth Cougar and is attending school at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, where he is studying Communications. Follow Aaron on Twitter: @AaronMcCree


Astle Looks to Lead Dietrich to Repeat
Published: 2/23/2017 12:31:14 PM

From football, basketball and even to farming, Dietrich's Garrett Astle does it all.

Following a 69-57 victory over the Carey Panthers in the district championship, Dietrich has advanced to the Boys Real Dairy Shootout for the sixth year in a row, looking to repeat following the first title for the boys’ basketball program in 50 years last season. 

Leading the charge is Garrett Astle, a senior who has drawn interest collegiately all over the western United States for his ability in several different sports.

Garrett has dominated in just about every sport that the state of Idaho offers. 

An All-State running back for the Blue Devils in football, a state qualifier in nearly every event he has dared to try in track and a dominating presence for the Blue Devils basketball team, Garrett does it all. 

While there has been plenty of success on the hardwood in Dietrich in recent years, he says this team has a special kind of camaraderie to it. 

“This is a group of guys that have played together since elementary school. We have a lot of chemistry, and that is one thing that has really helped us as the season has gone on,” said Astle. “We are at our best when we start hot and come out early.” 

As is the case on an annual basis, a tough regular season and conference schedule has prepped the Blue Devils for the upcoming state tournament.

“There’s a lot of good teams in this district, and there have been a lot of games that were really close,” said Astle. “We are going to have to play our best and work hard if we are going to go to state this year [Dietrich has since made the state tournament].”

As for Garrett individually, he is one of the most talented players in his area. 

Even at that though, basketball may not be the route that he chooses. 

“I don’t know what I’ll do. I have been talking to schools in California for track and I received an offer to play football at Wyoming, so it’s kind of hard to decide.”

But perhaps sports in general aren’t even the route that Astle will eventually take. When taking time to schedule an interview, Garrett didn’t respond right away because he was taking care of his goats. 

“I don’t know if I will even play sports after high school because I think I might just run the family dairy.” 

In truth, it doesn’t matter what Garrett Astle chooses to do with his future. All we know is that it is very bright, and whichever direction he chooses, whoever gets his services, whether it is a school in California, Wyoming, or his goats, they are going to be very lucky to have him.

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