BISMARCK, N.D. - The St. Mary's basketball team is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. The main core of this squad was on the Class-AA Championship football team and they hope the success on the field carries over to the hardwood.
Head Coach Brent DeKok has high hopes for his team this season after missing the state tournament last year.
"Our expectations are extremely high. You know we come from a group of kids who have come off winning a state football championship and have had a lot of success, you know. And, we came within one win last year of getting in the tournament and that's ultimately the goal is to get yourself back in the state tournament. But, you know that's a couple months away from now, so you know, right now it's just focusing on the grind one day at a time and trying to prove every single day," said DeKok.
Cole Gendreau was the quarterback for the state champion football team. He says he needs to get his body ready for basketball.
Senior guard Gendreau said: "Getting in shape. Football shape is way different then basketball, and this year were gonna wanna push the ball up and down the courts so were going have to be in really good shape so that's probably our biggest issue."
Some of the underclassmen have played well throughout the pre-season.
"Probably a couple of our sophomores, Jackson Liseman and Isaac Armstrong, they both came out and have impressed me a little bit. Yeah they have worked really hard and look good so far," said Luke Kambeitz, Saints senior guard.
The Saints open their season Dec. 2 at West Fargo Sheyenne. The first game St.Mary's plays in its own gym is against Bismarck on Dec. 8.