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Waubay-Summit boys basketball team gets ready for action

Turning great players into even better teammates is a tough gig. This season, Waubay-Summit boys basketball Coach Mark Amdahl is up to the task.

This season, the Mustangs, he said bring experience and leadership to the court with 11 letter winners along with returning starters Seth Gaikowski, J. Gulbraa, Damon Opdahl and Jonathan Johnston, leaving a fifth spot open. As to who will fill it, Amdahl’s not decided.

The strength of having experienced starters becomes a weakness if called upon too heavily. Currently, Amdahl said the team’s bench lacks depth, meaning it’s difficult to get quality minutes from those on the bench. Finding depth, he said, will be a key focus.

Such development requires time, commitment and self-motivation which Amdahl said his boys do well at, especially in the off-season.

“We have a group of kids that love basketball, that basketball is their favorite sport, that always helps,” Amdahl said.

The boys will be up against contenders such as Warner, Aberdeen Christian and other formidable opponents in addition to three classics in which the Mustangs go against what Amdahl described as the top teams in SD and the surrounding states.

Amdahl said nearly everything will remain unchanged, except his coaching style. This year, players will have more control over plays. Amdahl said he doesn’t want a team of overcoached robots, but capable players giving their best and having fun in the process. The Mustangs hope to give fans the fast-paced basketball action they know and love.

Schedule

Dec. 11 Ipswich at Waubay; Dec. 14 Webster Area at Summit; Dec. 17 Waverly-South Shore at Waverly; Dec. 20 Leola-Frederick at Waubay; Dec. 28 Hoop City Classic at Mitchell; Dec. 30 Wilmot at Wilmot; Jan. 3 Britton-Hecla at Waubay; Jan. 6 Langford at Langford; Jan. 7 Great Plains Lutheran at Watertown; Jan. 14 Tri-State at Summit; Jan 18 Milbank at Summit; Jan. 20 Aberdeen Christian at Aberdeen; Jan. 22 Hanson Classic at Mitchell; Jan 28 Warner at Summit; Feb. 3 Florence-Henry at Florence; Feb. 4 Northwestern at Mellette; Feb. 8 Estelline at Estelline; Feb. 10 Waverly-South Shore at Summit; Feb. 12 DWU Classic at Salem; Feb. 18 Great Plains Lutheran at Waubay; Playoffs Feb. 28, March, 1 and 4 at TBA; March 8 SoDak 16 at TBA.

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