Sports Spotight: Cole Gendreau

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Double-A Defending State Champion St. Mary's is 2-&-0, after a couple of 49-to-nothing victories.

The Saints experienced quarterback, Cole Gendreau, is a big reason for that start.

Before signing off on his last day on Sunday, and good luck in Memphis Clayton. He put the Cole in this week's Sports Spotlight.

You learn a lot in four years, and Cole Gendreau is no exception.

"He's a great leader. He's a guy in both football and basketball that we look to for pretty much everything," said Saints wide receiver Luke Kambeitz.

The senior quarterback already has a State Title under his belt.

"That was our goal at the beginning of the season, and to finally get it was just awesome," Gendreau.

As a point guard, he led the Saints to a deep run in the Region Tournament. Luke Kambeitz is a longtime teammate in both sports.

Kambeitz, said: "I've played with him for football since seventh grade and same thing with basketball. All these years it really helped us, and we have great chemistry both on the football field and basketball court."

For college, Cole favors football. But, he reserves the right to change his mind.

"I'll probably lean toward football. I like that a little bit more, but you always like the sport a little more when you're playing it," Gendreau.

Gendreau comes from a hockey family. But he's had the Saints 40-year head coach Dam Smrekar to learn from.​

"I've been playing since my freshman year and just his knowledge of the game and how much he knows has just rubbed off on me and having that for four years straight and just taking in what I can, it's just, it's helped me a lot," said Gendreau.

The most valuable lessons have come from his basketball coach, Brent Dekok, who continued to coach the Saints despite a mid-season brain cancer diagnosis.

"​Just how to be a man. He's one of the toughest guys I know. He's coach us and be with us, even when he is sick as he has been so, just how to be strong and how to be a man, and how to be there when someone else needs you and he's just always there," said Gendreau.

High school teaches you a lot. But what Cole Gendreau has learned on the court, or on the field, can't come from any textbook.

Gendreau and the top ranked Saints host Wahpeton on Friday. The Huskies are ranked fourth in the Class-AA poll this week.