The Brothers Baiye: Theo and Steve's unbreakable bond
CLARKSTON, WA- The brotherly bond is one that can withstand almost anything. For Steve and Theo Baiye, that bond has allowed them to become some of the best all-around athletes in Clarkston High School history.
But they've been hit with challenge after challenge throughout their lives, truly testing that bond.
What good are brothers without some heated competition? That’s exactly what happens when they debate who’s better at soccer, at football, or just faster in general.
Theo and Steve Baiye are Clarkston High School student athletes. They're two of the best athletes in the school playing soccer and football.
"Soccer's that one thing that when we're doing, our minds are just off everything. It was just like focused on soccer, cause that was like the one thing we've grown up with," says Theo, the older brother and Clarkston senior.
Tt's because Theo and Steve's short life has been through the ringer. The Baiyes used to live in Camaroon, a country in central Africa. They went to boarding school.
"You don't get to come home to your parents and stuff, so you live with other kids in school,” says Steve, a Clarkston junior.
But for the brothers, not seeing a parent became permanent.
"We lost our mom when I was like 13, [Steve] was like 11. So that kind of like was part of the hard times," says Theo.
In March 2015, the brothers and their stepdad moved halfway around the world to America.
"It would be better here. Cause back home there was strikes, and people just fighting each other, so he said that wasn't like a healthy place to be for a kid growing up," says Theo.
Acclimating to the valley wasn't easy.
"We didn't really know anyone, and we didn't really talk much English,” says Theo.
The biggest help with their new home: football and soccer.
"Any time the ball's in their hands, they're really explosive," says Clarkston head football coach Brycen Bye.
"They've put Clarkston boy’s soccer on the map. We didn't exist until two years ago. Everybody would see Clarkston and go ‘eh’. Now they see Clarkston and they go ‘oh it's game on,’" says Corin Richert, Clarkston boy’s soccer head coach.
"My goal is to make this sport like the number one focus for this school," says Steve.
Theo believes this is the year the Bantams win state.
As for football, learning the language, along with Clarkston's challenging playbook can be difficult.
"I just thought the coach is in the huddle and is like ‘this is what you're doing? Go do it.’ I didn't know we had plays until we started playing," says Steve.
But they caught on quick. Steve's soccer skills have even carried over to make him one of the best kickers in the region.
But the little soccer team from Eastern Washington put on a show against the eventual state champion Columbia River.
"[Theo] hit that ball so hard, the keeper ducked out of the way of the ball coming at him. He didn't even attempt to save it."
The Baiyes have been on the pitch, across the goal line and around the globe together.
"We can do anything. And when we're playing and having fun, we can do anything," says Theo.
Theo and Steve moved to Clarkston in search of bigger and better opportunity. Theo is in talks with Concordia and Oregon State to play soccer at the collegiate level. Steve hasn't received much noise yet, but he's in his junior year, and will almost definitely start getting some attention soon.