Sponsored - The Dickinson Midgets boys basketball team has matched its win total from a season ago. Tuesday night's victory over Mandan was the seventh for DHS.
The basketball team is out to a hot start and the one thing that's changed is experience.
"We have five great seniors and they are good basketball players, but they are even better people. And for our younger kids to see the example they have set and to just follow their lead, it is just great for our program," said Dan Glasser, Dickinson High boy's basketball coach.
One of those five seniors is guard Jaiden Wright, who said his love of the game comes from a unique place.
"I think it is just how intense the game is because I like going full on out running up the court and never stop. You know, football was my favorite sport for a while but it switched over to basketball for that specific reason, because that is just the type of kid I am, I just like to get up and down run around and have some fun," said Wright.
Wright has been pouring in the points for the Midgets, averaging just north of 22 per game. And with his help, the Midgets have found themselves in the top five rankings a couple times this season.
"Nobody really expected much from us this season because last year we only won seven games and I think we were preseason predicted to be eight. So for us to come out and have the start that we have to shock some people like we did and find ourselves in that top five state ranking has just been a tremendous motivator and a confidence boaster for all our players," said Wright.
The Dickinson standout isn't going to be giving up time on the hardwood after he graduates as he will stay in the Queen City and play next season for the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks.
"It is great and it is an amazing feeling, and after I committed I was talking to someone and I got asked what was that motivator to stay in Dickinson and it is just family, friends, and the support, it just means the world to me and I couldn't be happier to play in my hometown, said Wright.
But before Wright trades in his orange and black of DHS for the blue and silver of DSU he has a couple of goals in mind.
"Team goal for this season is to make the WDA tournament, and I know all the guys want to have a little bit better of a performance than we did last year when we lost those first two games. I think it is in a lot of our heads that we have the confidence and the ability to make it to the state tournament so I would say that's a goal as well. But we have to take it one game at a time," said Wright.
Wright and the Midgets will continue their season Thursday night when they take on Watford City.