BILLINGS, MT – Today is Senior Night for our Men’s Basketball Program and we would like to take the time to honor two of our young men: Sophomore guard, Peter Swanberg and Senior guard/forward, Chris Pendley.
Swanberg—Peter Swanberg is the son of Scott and Pam Swanberg. Originally from Eagle River, Alaska, Peter began his journey with Yellowstone Christian College in 2018. Tonight, Peter will be escorted by his fellow teammates to center court with his family there in spirit. Words from Peter: “I would like to thank my family and friends for always sticking by me and pushing me to be my best self. I would like to thank my teammates for helping me improve as a player and always having my back. I would like to thank Coach Mil and Coach Rodgers for being mentors to me, helping me grow and become a better person on and off the court. I would like to thank all of my professors for helping me grow both mentally and spiritually; and most importantly I would like to thank God for this opportunity to play the sport that I love.”
Fun Facts About Peter:
Role Model(s): Dad, Tim Tebow, and Steph Curry.
Favorite Quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left and could say: I used everything you gave me.”
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, backpacking, and being an RA at YCC.
Why He Loves the Game of Basketball: getting to become better at the sport every day and getting to travel and see new places.
Peter will graduate this coming May with his associate degree in Exercise Science. Swanberg plans to continue his education in exercise science and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Peter’s dream is to become a Sports Rehabilitation Specialist for a professional sports team.
Pendley—Chris Pendley is the son of Nichelle Myles and Gerome Branch. Originally from Long Beach, California, Pendley began his college basketball career at West Cliff University in California. Most recently, Pendley transferred from Nebraska Christian College, following Coach Santiel to their next destination—Yellowstone Christian College. Tonight, Chris will be escorted by his parents, Nichelle and Gerome. Words from Chris: “First and foremost, I would like to thank my mom. Mother, thank you for always being there for me even during the rough times growing up. Thank you for stepping up—being the man and father figure I needed as a kid. Dad, thank you for everything you have done for me over the years. Thank you for stepping up and being a father to me even though you never had to. Dev, DJ, D.Reed, and Milly, thank you guys for helping me get through the hard times, lonely times, and miserable times. This game is for the 2 people in my life that never got the chance to see me play the game I love: RIP Pops and Brother. I know you’re watching over me in heaven. Love all you guys and thank you for rocking with me. #Chris Out.”
Fun Facts About Chris:
Role Model(s): Stephaun Branch.
Favorite Quote: “Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.”
Hobbies: Basketball, volleyball, and video games.
Why He Loves the Game of Basketball: The places it takes you and the people you meet while playing.
Pendley is one of the captains and leaders for the Centurions. Currently, Pendley is ranked 4th in the NCCAA DI in Blocks and 21st in Rebounding. Pendley will finish with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. Although his colligate career is coming to an end, Pendley plans to continue his basketball career overseas.
Words from Coach Mil: “Words cannot express the love and gratitude I have for these two. I’ve only had the privilege of coaching Peter this year, but I am thankful. Peter is one of the most hardworking guys on the team. He keeps us grounded and is someone that is always dependable. Chris, my guy. Chris came with me from Nebraska Christian College and has stepped up big and owned up to his leadership role. There has been a lot of growth from this guy and only more to come. These two will definitely continue to do great things in life. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for them. They will be missed. Peter and Chris, I thank you for the opportunity to coach y’all. It has been a privilege and an honor. Much love!”