Rapid City Stevens may be ranked higher than Sturgis, but through five games the Scoopers boast a better record. At 5-0 they are beginning to make noise with key wins and experience that is being heard across the state.
There are only four teams left in boys 'AA' basketball with perfect records. Roosevelt, Huron, and Pierre were to be expected. Sturgis is the fourth and maybe the most surprising. Then again four has become their secret to success.
"It's really good to start off 5-0 and to be the only west river team that is 5-0 in 'AA'. That is all good, but we are always thinking about our other four. Coach is always screaming about the other four. We can't think about ourselves we have to think about the other four guys out on the court," Scoopers Senior Guard Jeremy Guttierez said.
Four is also the number of seniors on Coach Thompson's roster. He has the luxury of returning all five seniors from a year ago including their leading scorer Tanner Weaver who racks up 18 points a night.
"This senior class is the first that I have gotten to enjoy from freshman all the way through their senior year. You look at Jeremy Guttierez and Tanner Weaver, those kids have been in the program for four years and really know what we as a coaching staff are trying to get accomplished," Sturgis Head Coach Orion Thompson said.
The Scoopers have only played one team with a record below .500 and that was their first game of the year. Since then they have handed powerhouses such as Pine Ridge and St. Thomas More their first losses. Plus they are winning games by an average of 13 points per contest.
"I think we have gotten a couple of wins against some very quality teams, but I think our hardest games are in the coming weeks. Those will be a real test to see where we are at. In my mindset and the kids are starting to adopt it, these first couple of months are good practice for us to get into situations to where we are at right now might be nice, but it's not where we want to be," Thompson said.
The Scoopers will travel to Alliance, NE this Saturday looking for win number six.