Boys HS Basketball: Kidder County leaning on returning all-district seniors

After a 2-4 start, Kidder County hopes to turn things around in the new year. Kidder County will be leaning on two returning all-district players: Austin Schmidt and Gage Pfaff.

“You know they are two returning captains,” head coach Michael Wachter said. “Actually, Gage Pfaff has started for me, this will be his fourth straight year starting.

Coach Wachter said Austin averaged 23 points last season and Gage put in 12. However, where he needs them to do more than score.

“Play defense,” Wachter said. “Help their teammates. They are going to be huge for us.”

Against Washburn Austin had a great offensive game, but Coach Wachter was not pleased with his defense.

“Last year,” Schmidt said, “I mainly focused on my offense and I’m trying to work on my defense this year. I want to be more skilled in that area of the game.”

“Home opener we couldn’t find the bottom of the net,” Pfaff said. “Played good [defense], did everything right except for putting the ball in the hoop.”

Coach also needs the duo to step out of their comfort zone and lead.

“Last year, I was just kind of getting used to it,” Schmidt said. “I’m trying to get better as just the vocal team leader.”

Gage, Austin and the other seniors are special to Coach Wachter because they helped build the program when he took over as head coach five years ago.

“I spent my June with these four seniors.” Wachter said. “We were at team camps and league and open gyms. I felt like I spent more time with them, than I did my own family.”

And that means a lot to these guys. 

“He puts us as senior captains because we’re good for him,” Pfaff said. “He believes in that. I think that means so much to him and it means so much to us.”

Tonight, Kidder plays Midkota in the Stutsman County Invitational.

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