On Friday night, the Washington High School Warriors in Sioux Falls will host Rapid City Stevens as the boy's basketball season tips off.
So we thought this would be a good time to take you back in time to 1969 when the Washington Warriors were a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. Former KELOLAND Sports reporter Doug Barstow has a preview of the 1969 season:
The warriors are one of the toughest teams in the area this year to diagnose in advance. Coach Baltus Fritzemeier says he simply doesn't know what his kids will do. He's lost all five regular starters from last year, but he has four seniors who played extensively and five more juniors who, last year, formed one of the finest warrior sophomore teams.
But, Fritzemeier is most worried about rebounding.
"DWe lack the big man this year, probably for the first time in about four or five years that I can recall that we didn't have a man that was at least 6'5". However, we hope to compensate for this by quickness and good team speed. Now, as far as the team as a whole, is concerned, why the outlook of the season, well, I think will depend a lot on our ability to shoot well and our ability to play real good defense," Fritzemeier said in 1969.
Thus it seems the warriors should have pretty good balance and good depth. They do lack the big man. The key to success might be whether the juniors can push the seniors hard enough to result in exceptional performances from either group.