Warriors use time off to work on health

While happy with a 6-1 record to start the season, Alta-Aurelia head boys’ basketball coach Evan Franzmeier believes the best is yet to come for the Warriors.

“We don’t think we have played our best basketball yet. There are still things to work on,” said the second-year head coach.

“Our main priority is to get healthy. Sometimes I don’t like the week off but it is good for us this year. Assistant coach Dean Lietz said he did not have to tape an ankle last year. This year freshman Levi Sleezer was injured, then TJ Walter, Jordan Gano and Jaden Henrichs. But fortunately we’re a deep team. It’s good that the injuries happened in November and not March,” said Franzmeier in a talk to Alta Kiwanis Club members.

He specifically noted that junior Chandler Damewood and sophomore Anthony Krier have received more experience due to the injuries.

The Warriors have a total of 22 players, including junior varsity and varsity players.

Their only blemish this season was a three-point Twin Lakes Conference loss to Pocahontas Area.

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