Sports in the town of Tea are booming. A season ago the boy's basketball team not only made it to their first state tournament, but played in the championship game. Like every good team they lost a few key seniors. The difference this year is they have experience and a lot of depth.
The last calendar year for Tea Area athletics has been full of success. This fall the boy's soccer team took home their first state title and the football team was competitive in a hard conference. The basketball team is coming off their first state tournament appearance in school history.
"It was a new experience for us. We learned things like how to plan ahead, what it takes to become one of the best teams in the state, and how hard we have to work in order to beat the best teams in the region," titans Senior Forward Tarin Smallfield said.
The Titans recent success has come as a member of one of the toughest conferences in the state. It's the competition in the Dakota XII that prepares them for the post season.
"There are a lot of good teams all over the state. We have a hard conference where every team is really good. We are going to have to play good the whole season if we want to make it back to state," Titans Senior Guard Gunnar Ensz said.
The Titans lost almost half of their offense with Riley Knutson and Connor Schaull graduating. This year's squad has ten seniors that still remember their five point loss in the state championship. They will use that as motivation in hopes of bringing home the title this year.
"It would be great to go out on top as a senior after coming up short last year. That is why we worked so hard in the off season, because we don't want to fall short again," Smallfield said.
"Coming up one game short last year was extremely disappointing, but at the end of the day you had to realize what we accomplished, how it brought the school and community together. That by far was something you just can't replace," Tea Area Head Coach Chris Fechner said.
The Titans will tip off their regular season on December 13th when they travel to take on rival Dakota Valley.