Sports Spotlight: Gage Swanson

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BEACH, N.D. - Gage Swanson of Beach dominates on the football field and the basketball court. In the fall, Swanson was selected as a first-team All-State linebacker.

"It was great you know what I mean I had a lot of fun with my teammates and stuff it was fun community loved it team loved it it was a lot of fun," said Gabe, senior.

"He's played quarterback, he's played tailback, he's played fullback, he's played out at wide receiver. He's done all that," said Al Swanson, Beach head coach and Gage's father

On the basketball court, Gabe is a four-year starter for the Buccaneers. He's already blown past the thousand point plateau and closing in on the 2,000 mark.

"He has started for me since he was a freshman and always kind of had a knack for scoring. He's not a flashy player, its just kind of hard work meat and potatoes type basketball around the basket, that's where he is the most successful and a great re-bounder. I looked last night and he's averaging about 12 rebounds a game for me. That comes from hard work," said Al.

This will be Gage's last year playing basketball. The father-son, player-coach duo has a big goal their final year season together.

"I'm savoring a chance of winning a regional championship. Our high school hasn't been to a state championship basketball game for 57 years, so that's our last banner hanging on it. It would be nice to after 57 years to actually go to a state tournament that's one of our goals this year is to try and win the whole thing," said Al.

After his senior year, Gage has decided to play football in college. He's going to Dickinson State.

"Dickinson was probably my number one option all throughout it, probably because of the coaches and it was close to him that made it easy to decide. I went on my visit and it really kind of felt like home, I guess. It's close to home, I knew a lot of guys on the visit and the coaches were really welcoming. So that's kind of when I decided it was the place," said Gage.

Although Gage will be a student-athlete just 50-some miles down the road, he will miss being a Buccaneer.

"Beach has always been my home. I love the people there. I love having my dad as a coach. I'm going to miss that a lot. I'm going to miss Beach in general I guess, its where I've grown up," said Gabe.

The Buccaneers wrap-up the basketball regular season on Friday against Hettinger-Scranton.