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March 27, 2014

Carving out his own path

Many of the greatest country music entertainers sing about taking the road less traveled, living life off of the beaten path, or maybe about how something unexpected can change your whole life. This is one of those stories.

The last time Barr-Reeve played in the Class A State Championship game, you couldn’t have written a better script. Coach Bryan Hughes and his son Trey led the Vikings on that magical ride.

As many remember, Trey had a brilliant career in a Viking uniform including two State Finals appearances, as well as scoring over 1,200 points. After his junior season, he was one of a handful of players statewide named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team. After his senior season, he signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Vincennes University.

Like many country songs, this is where the unexpected turn, or the road less traveled occurred for the younger Hughes. Coach David Ragland who had doggedly pursued Hughes for years, left VU to become as assistant at Indiana State University, and after a year under the new Trailblazer regime, Hughes decided he wanted to try something different. If basketball had been the first love in Hughes’ life, music was always a close second.

“I started playing behind closed doors in junior high. My mom had gotten me a guitar for Christmas, and learning to play came across as very challenging, and that got me hooked. All through high school I played, but very few people knew about it,” said Hughes.

For the past couple of years, Trey has spent his time playing venues in Central and Southern Indiana. Not only is he playing traditional music, but is also writing original material for his audiences. He says music has replaced the rush that basketball at Barr-Reeve used to hold in his life. “Nothing can really compare to playing basketball in this area, and we all search for something to fill that void. Right now for me, it’s music.”

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