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Running with the Riders

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  When you play Sioux Falls Roosevelt, don't blink, or you may see large numbers on the scoreboard. With their up-tempo style, the Rough Riders have outscored their opponents by an average of 22 points per game on their way to an unbeaten start. And they see no reason to slow down now.

  "And once you have guys buying into this style good things can happen.. And how successful we have started in the season, that gives them confidence too." says head coach Lee Taylor

  "We gotta keep playing the same way, up-tempo quick, fast, just as a team."  says junior Josh Kirkwold. 

   Led by a veteran core of seniors and a young coach in Lee Taylor, Roosevelt doesn't depend on just one star player, but rather a team effort night in night out.

"Our leaders are leading by example, getting vocal when they have too.. We are a family and that is how we approach every single day" says Taylor

 In this year's Mike Miller Classic, the Riders were matched up against The Rock out of Florida, a team full of Division 1 recruits that outsized Roosevelt. Yet, the Riders used a team effort to come out on top.

  "They got a seven footer going to Kansas, so when we beat a team of that caliber really shows how much we can play together as a team." says senior Lucas Wilber.

With the big wins and an undefeated start, Roosevelt still has their eye on one main goal.

"Every day we are just working towards our goal, and that is a state championship" says Wilber.

 In Sioux Falls, Patrick Hills, KSFY Sports.

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