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Look: Brayden Bafaro scholarship awarded to Mountainside's Peyton Reyes at Les Schwab Invitational

'Do The Right Thing' scholarship looks to honor 'true leader by nature'

HILLSBORO, OREGON - Brayden Bafaro was the type of teammate who did the right thing, even when his coach's back was turned. 

Bafaro, a former standout athlete at Liberty High School (Oregon) who was loved by teammates and peers, died at age 24 in May 2022 after a battle with cancer. 

His legacy is carried on through the "Do The Right Thing" scholarship, which is awarded by his family to a student athlete that embodies that spirit, and the latest recipient was announced Saturday during the championship game of the Les Schwab Invitational.

"Everybody needs that guy," said Brett Bafaro, brother of the late Brayden Bafaro. "Just a true leader by nature is the biggest quality that would stand out to me for this scholarship."

The scholarship was awarded to Peyton Reyes of Mountainside, who was nominated via a letter by coach Dustin Hewitt. 

The Bafaro family — mother Anne, brothers Brett and Bryan, and father Blayne — presented the scholarship at midcourt between the first and second quarters of nationally ranked Columbus' win over Harvard-Westlake

"The most his name can be said, the better," Brett Bafaro said. "Going out there, being able to represent him and what the award stands for is exactly what he was all about. I'm really proud to be able to do it."

Scroll up and watch the presentation at the top of the page, and read more about the Do The Right Thing scholarship here

Video by Jordyn Bennett; lead photo by Naji Saker

-- Andy Buhler | | @sbliveor