Travel basketball requires commitment on many levels. The season is four months long. The players spend countless hours on the court. The families travel a half dozen weekends to tournaments in other states. And the cost to make this all happen is nothing short of a small fortune.
What makes it all worth it is the time together, the competition against other teams of varying skill levels, and the opportunity to improve as a team and as individual players.
This year’s Wrangler team navigated the ups and downs of the long season really well. Spearfish was the proving ground for that and the Wranglers did not disappoint.
A close loss in the first game was something of a wake-up call. The team followed it up with two wins and found themselves in the 4 pm game on Sunday.
The first half was a low scoring showdown but both teams opened it up a bit in the second half. The Wranglers fell short but competed well.
This year’s Queen City Classic in Spearfish was something of a coming out tournament for the Wranglers. The third game was easily the best they have ever played as a team and it set the bar for what they will expect next year. Their personal development as players and their concerted effort as a team evolved over the course of the season and as coaches, we couldn’t be more proud of their achievements.
Not that we’re counting but the travel basketball season starts up again in 8 short months!
Congratulations to all the Wranglers!
The people behind the scenes
A big thank you to Blacktooth Financial Inc and Preuit Ag Services LLC for their financial support this season. Their sponsorships help cover the costs this season. The team greatly appreciates it.