For Bryson, being so far from home when he heard the news of his mother's passing was particularly hard.
"The day I found out about everything, I was playing in an all-star showcase. My mom had texted me that morning and told me how proud she was and how much she loved me. To know that I still have that message today and can still go back and read it and see how proud we all three made her [is special].
"I always wanted to be right here with [my family], because I knew that's what they needed. I know I can't take my mom's place. She was above everybody else. She always did so much for us. I only wish I could do a tiny bit of what she did for [Braxton and Bethany]. It was tough being away, but I knew that I was also doing what my mom wanted me to do. I couldn't just drop everything, even if I wanted to. I knew that wasn't what she wanted. She wanted me to succeed in everything I do and live my life."
For the first time in a while, each of the Allens will enter a distinctly different phase of their playing careers next season. As Braxton enters his first season as an upperclassman with Mineral Wells, Bethany will embark on her first year of college and Bryson will continue his career at one of a few four-year colleges he is choosing between.
At MWHS, each of them said they had the benefit of receiving fantastic coaching from people they also consider close friends. Now they are each on step closer to achieving their ultimate goals.
For Bethany, that is eventually transferring to a Division 1 university where she can finish her softball career and train to become a nurse anesthetist.