This Fall, Basketball for All, Y’all


Looking tough / Photographer: Melanie Flint

The air is crisp, the holidays are right around the corner, and the students of OHS are flocking to the courts. Around 50 students will compete for both the Vikings and Lady Vikings this winter, and the hype is real. Whether you play to defeat league rivals, to spend time with your friends, to stay fit, or even to visit the Darrington Pawn Shop, basketball season has aroused much excitement throughout the student body. The girls return with long-time Head Coach Greg Sasan assisted by Amber Paulsen while the boys are led by 2nd year Head Coach Corey Wiscomb. When Coach Corey was asked what he would like to accomplish this year he responded by saying, “Perhaps you could call me a motivator that strives to encourage my players to create high-level, achievable aspirations. Once they have set their intent, I become nothing more than the guide on that journey, pointing to where they need to travel to achieve those dreams, and if I’m lucky, the team will believe in and support each other enough to take me along for the ride. This season could be one sweet adventure.” Lady Vikings senior Lilly Miller, Emma Minnis, and Halle Thompson are prepared to fill the shoes of last year’s graduating seniors while the boys, with their entire varsity team returning, are ready to take it to the next level. When you step into the 21-year-old “New Gym” you might just witness an Aidan Kruse slam dunk or a deep 3 from Katy Minnis, so everyone is encouraged to fill the stands and cheer our Vikings to many victories on the hardwood this season!