Wakonda Warriors have high hopes for winning basketball season

Wakonda Warriors have high hopes for winning basketball season by Ashley Anderson Coach Wright of the WHS boys' basketball team is finally getting out his playbook for the 2002-2003 season to start!

The Warriors' first practice is Dec. 2 and their first game is Dec. 13 versus Gayville-Volin at Gayville.

Coach Parish, the new assistant coach, "has great experience with the incoming players as he has been the junior high coach for two years, and has an understanding of our system," said coach Wright.

The Warriors' toughest opponent will be difficult to judge this season because they play a tough, new schedule. Dell Rapids St. Mary's will be tough. They were the state runner-up last year. Irene, Avon, and Tripp-Delmont will also be competitive.

"Duplicating another 14-6 record like last year will be tough," said Coach Wright. The Warriors lost four starters to graduation.

Our strengths will be our experienced point guard and returning players with a successful 12-4 JV record. The team features a lone returning point guard, junior Nick Skonhovd, and a good nucleus of letter winners in seniors Chris Rederick, Evan Peterson, and sophomores Nick Skonhovd, Alex Nielsen, Tyler Moser, and Eric Skonhovd. So the Warriors should hold their own.

One new idea Wright hopes to incorporate this year is more strength training. Hopefully, this will help with more physical teams. With Wakonda's new weight room, this should be easily implemented.

Look for the schedule to be busy this year with girls and boys playing during the same season. You are sure to get your fill of good basketball.

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