Two Mount Shasta grads are thriving on College of the Siskiyous men's hoops team
Sophomores Kody Bauman and Jett Snure are starters who have played with the College of the Siskiyous basketball team since the 2019-20 season.
But they have known each other since they were kindergartners growing up in the Mount Shasta area.
They were hoops teammates in the seventh and eighth grades at Sisson School in Mount Shasta. Later, when they were seniors in 2019 at Mount Shasta High School, they helped their team get to the state title game in Sacramento.
Bauman, a 6-foot-7 forward, was named first-team All Golden Valley Conference as a freshman. He leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Snure, a 6-foot-8 post player, is averaging 5.9 rebounds and 6.9 rebounds per game this season.
"It's been really nice having two local kids being starters and major contributors for our program," COS head coach Kyle Heath said. "As a coach, to not have to worry about housing or guys not having people around them that support and care about them is huge."
He added that the kind of attention local athletes generate for the team "helps with interest in our program from the community."
Childhood friends and teammates
Snure likes having someone he knows well, like Bauman, on the team. As friends go, they can turn to each other for support.
"It's nice to have someone you can relate with and talk to," he said. "It makes it easier to get through the hard times. We've been friends for like 15 years."
That kind of trust also has an effect on the court.
At practice, they push each other to be better players, Bauman said.
And Heath said, they "almost always (know) where the other is or what the other one is doing on the court."
"I just think it's pretty cool to have a friend/teammate that you've known for so long," the coach said.
'High character guys'
Heath said the pair are friendly and "high character guys."
In addition to being student athletes, they work at all COS basketball camps for youths and participate in community service projects that involve the team.
"They always take their time to talk to my kids, who all love Kody and Jett, and act like they are Kody and Jett when playing basketball together at my house," he said.
"They have never gotten in any trouble on or off the court as well. They really are the perfect example of what we want in players, young men to represent our program."
For Bauman, it's a form of giving back. He said he attended COS camps as a kid and looked up to those players and coaches.
"It's something special for me and I'm glad to be a part of it," he said.
Will they transfer together?
Snure said he loves being able to talk about COS and team's upcoming games when he runs into people around town. Having the support of the community is special, he said.
Snure's goal is to transfer to a four-year school where he can continue to play basketball.
Bauman said he has had interest from several schools and is considering his options. He said while it may not happen, he'd like it if he and Jett got a chance to play for the same team after they transfer.
"I think it would be nice for Jett to come with me," he said.
Still, no matter where their educational paths take them, Bauman said their friendship will endure.
The two friends first considered playing at Shasta College in Redding together but ultimately decided COS was the best fit. It turned out to be a favorable decision, especially when the COVID 19 pandemic hit in March of 2020.
It was a much easier transition with both being in their home county close to their support networks, Bauman said. "I'm very glad I'm here."
The basketball COS program is in a better place as a result of Bauman and Snure, Heath said.
"And it's all because of how hard they work on and off the court, how good of leaders they are and what good young men they are," he said.