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Lynx boys could be surprise among 'AA' teams
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 04. 2012 1:54PM
Coach Brent Deckert said the Lynx boys could go winless in the month of December.
But don’t place the blame on the roster – place it on the competition, the 13-year head coach says.

“I don’t see us as the best team in the state but this is a team that can certainly compete with a variety of teams,” Deckert said.

Brandon Valley will face five formidable opponents in December, starting with Friday’s road game at Mitchell and continuing to Saturday when the Lynx host the Yankton Bucks, a team that eliminated Bandon Valley from post-season play last season, so Deckert expects the Bucks will be a much improved program from last year.

Then the Lynx face a huge test in the Pierre Governors, a team Deckert says is poised to “win it all.”

The boys wrap up the month against Brookings and Roosevelt, a program that possesses “more talent than anyone,” the coach says.

“We could be 0-5 before Christmas,” Deckert said. “But that doesn’t mean we’re a bad team.”

Five seniors will be called on to lead the Lynx this season. The senior class offers Chase Marso, Jacob Bruget, Nate Winter, Adam Bauer and Tony Tripp. Winter’s currently hampered by a sprained ankle.

“Our seniors that were in football have left a legacy in the fall. Now we get the opportunity to do the same thing,” Deckert said.

The bulk of Brandon Valley’s roster will be filled by a big group of juniors – 10 in all total. Nic Peterson, Jacob Adams and Cole Albertson all saw varsity action last season. They’ll be joined in the varsity ranks this year by Kevin Petersen, Dominic Nealy, Jon Heiberger, Devan West, Ryan Immeker and Ryan Sjoberg.

Bruget and Petersen are both expected to make an impact inside the paint for the Lynx. The senior-junior duo both stand 6 foot 6, some of the biggest height the team has seen in a number of seasons.

“Right now, Jacob’s been a pleasant surprise,” Deckert said. “What we need him to do is be a great inside defender.”

But don’t let Brandon Valley’s size-deprivation fool you.

“This team reminds me a lot of a team from about 10 years ago,” Deckert said. “It’s a smaller team that had some tough, big kids that got a lot accomplished. They kept getting better until the end of the year and then they were good.”

Deckert looks for Adams and Winter to be factors in Brandon Valley’s inside game as well. “Look at it anyway you want to – with the guys we have, we’ll be able to compete,” the coach said.

Deckert said the team will need to share the ball more than they have in past seasons, and they’ll need to be a more perimeter-oriented team. “We need to spread the floor more than normal to give a chance for both Jacobs and Nate to make the game simple,” he said.

Besides Pierre, Deckert looks to Huron as a contender for the Eastern South Dakota Conference title.

As for the Lynx among its ESD competition, Deckert simply says, “We won’t go quietly.”

The varsity roster could be tested by a class of 10 sophomores that the coach “likes the look of.”

“There’s going to be some great competition (among the team) and that’s one of the reasons we’ll be better at the end of the year because these guys will have to compete.”

Among 11AA teams, all three Sioux Falls public schools and O’Gorman have Deckert’s attention, listing Roosevelt at the top.

As for Brandon Valley’s chances in the post-season, Deckert said anything’s possible.

“There were three years in a row where we struggled, and two out of those three years we were playing poorly at the end of the year and took it to the state tournament,” Deckert explains. “Last year, we were playing great and couldn’t get out of districts. But in AA, it doesn’t matter what kind of year you have, you have to concentrate on your district and region.”
2012 Lynx Basketball Schedule
Dec. 7 at Mitchell
Dec. 8 Yankton
Dec. 14 at Pierre
Dec. 18 at Brookings
Dec. 21 S.F. Roosevelt
Jan. 3 Watertown
Jan. 4 at Aberdeen
Jan. 8 Mitchell
Jan. 12 Huron
Jan. 18 R.C. Central
Jan. 19 R.C. Stevens
Jan. 22 at S.F. Washington
Jan. 25 at S.F. Lincoln
Feb. 1 Brookings
Feb. 2 Pierre
Feb. 8 at Watertown
Feb. 9 at Huron
Feb. 14 at Yankton
Feb. 16 Aberdeen
Feb. 21 O’Gorman
Feb. 26 District 2AA
March 1 District 2AA
March 5 Region 1AA
March 14-16 State AAs at Sioux F

Five seniors will lead the Lynx boys basketball team this season. The group includes (from left) Tony Tripp, Adam Bauer, Jacob Bruget, Chase Marso and Nate Winter. The Lynx open their 2012-13 season Friday at Mitchell and they host Yankton the following night, Dec. 8. Photo by Jill Meier

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