FLASHER, N.D. - Whether it’s high school or college athletics, you hear coaches talk about relying on senior leadership. But, what happens if you don’t have any seniors on the roster?
It doesn’t happen often, but it’s a situation the Flasher boys basketball team finds itself in. Bulldogs head coach Brian Nieuwsma knows it’s a unique situation, but he knows it won’t slow his team down.
"Going into the season we had some returning veterans but we don't have any seniors on our roster so we have six sophomores and six juniors. It makes for some very competitive practices as guys as getting after one another trying to learn and grow and fill some of that void we don't have without any seniors but the guys continue to work hard every day and they're showing growth as we progress through the season," said Nieuwsma.
The next step in that progression is today. The Bulldogs play Shiloh Christian in the semi-finals of the Mandan Holiday Tournament. The Skyhawks are ranked 9th in this week’s Class-B polls.
Nieuwsma said: "We're looking forward to it. We're going to go out and play as hard as we can trying to do some things defensively and offensively where we put ourselves in a position to be successful. But, no matter what, you either win or you learn, and that's what we're looking forward to playing good teams this time of the year."
So, pretty much, you win, or you learn. The Bulldogs will do one of those tonight as they play Shiloh Christian at 6:00 p.m. CT.