Warriors will take one game at a time by Ashley Anderson The time has come again when the Wakonda boys' basketball team puts away the cross country jerseys and football pads and starts focusing on basketball.
Monday, Nov. 29 is coming faster than you know and head coach Ken Wright is ready with new drills and skills.
Coach Wright has learned many new rebounding and ball handling drills over the summer from two of the top coaches in the game, Jerry Krause and Don Meyer. "They were very competitive drills that are a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to showing the boys," Wright said.
Returning letter winners wearing green and white for the last year are Brandon Parvin, Tyler Moser, Eric Skonhovd, Alex Nielsen, Tyler Knudson, Shaun Hessman, Rob Gregoire, Bo Martz, and Adam Polley.
The Warriors lost three players from last year's team to graduation. An all-conference player and team leader Nick Skonhovd may be missed.
"We do need to find a replacement (for Skonhovd) but I feel we have a number of kids who can share in that duty," Wright said.
Two areas that coach Wright thinks the team may have to work on a little more are conditioning and shooting.
"I'm just hoping we can start the season with everyone healthy," he said. "We had a few kids banged up and injured this fall, so my thoughts are with them at the moment. Once the season starts, my main focus will be on getting the Wakonda Warriors prepared to compete every night. We are going to take it one game at a time, and strive to improve all season long. Hopefully, come districts, we will be one-hundred percent healthy and playing our best basketball," Wright said.