Winter sports season gets under way Tuesday with Killdeer girls basketball

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Killdeer co-head coach Daniel Kerr,left, honors former head coach Shane Olson during a preseason wrestling function last week. Olson was the head coach at Killdeer for 17 years, including in 2002 when he was the North Dakota High School Activities Association Wrestling Coach of the Year. He coached seven  individual state champions (8 individual championships), three individual runners up, dozens of individual state placers. Additionally, he had five top-10 individual team state finishes, three top-10 dual team state finishes and three regional team championships. (Dunn County Herald photo)

DUNN COUNTY HERALD

The basketball floors are freshly waxed, as evident by the sqeak made by pivoting players wearing their new Nikes or Converse or maybe even Pumas.

They’ve run miles of quarter sprints and shot hundreds of free throws. They’ve worked for hours on the pick and roll, rebounding position, and the bounce pass.

They’ve worked on playing hard-nosed defense and controlled high-flying offense.

Success, they’ve been told many times, comes with concentration, execution, discipline and teamwork.

Now it’s time to put everything they have worked on for the past several weeks into play.

It’s time to play ball.

The Winter sports season will get under way for Killdeer High School when the girls basketball team travel to Stanley on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 4:45 p.m.

The Cowboys return 11 players who saw varsity action last year, including 10 letter winners, including All-Region 7 performers Sydney Andersen and Trae Murray. Both are three-year letter winners.

The boys will open the season on Dec. 9 at New Town.

In wrestling, the grapplers open the season on Dec. 2, the first of a two-day tournament in Sidney, Mont.

The grapplers had a team social last week at the Buckskin Bar & Grill where they honored former coach Shane Olson.

Olson was the head coach at Killdeer for 17 years, including in 2002 when he was the North Dakota High School Activities Association Wrestling Coach of the Year. He coached seven  individual state champions (8 individual championships), three individual runners up, dozens of individual state placers.

Additionally, he had five top-10 individual team state finishes, three top-10 dual team state finishes and three regional team championships.


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