Perfection, a word Clark-/Willow Lake now has in their vocabulary, for now. With district and region play started this week, the Cyclones are preparing for their title run. Coach Jerome Nesheim thinks he has the secret ingredient in star guard Skyler Flatten.
"I think on a good night he can carry us all the way. Skyler is on and playing the gamehe wants to play he can carry us a long ways cause he is tough to stop. It takes two guys to stop him." Coach Nesheim said.
Flatten, a future Jackrabbit, is a four year starter who has scored over 1500 points in his career. Looking at double teams every night, he knows he can rely on his supporting cast.
"Knowing our roles and knowing what we are best at, working as a team. Sometimes it comes down to going through me but other players know what they can do so them knowing their roles helps us out alot." Flatten said.
And the Cyclones needed that support. As Flatten went down early in the season, Clark/Willow Lake came up with some big wins without their star.
"We spent two games early in the year without Skyler. We beat Hamlin then a good STM team without Skyler. It gave these kids confidence that they could beat good teams without Skyler." Nesheim said.
And that momentum carried throughout the season, but this team knows that their 19-0 record doesn't matter when it comes to tournament time.
"Being this far in the season and still undefeated is a dream come true, yet but we still wanna finish the game we don't wanna be that team that gets beaten out in districts or regions and being undefeated." Coach Nesheim said.
But that first ever state title, is still on their minds
"Everyone dreams of it and everyone is talking about it, we just need to work hard and go out and get it." Flatten said.
Patrick Hills, KSFY Sports.