Sawyer Strelnieks—Staff Writer
Basketball is underway at Dordt, and both the men and women’s teams have been busy putting in hours on the court
The men’s team is playing at a very high-tempo pace and has been full-court pressing a lot of teams. Playing at this high of a level is a great sign, as conference games are fast approaching
“Because we are playing eight freshmen and sophomores each night out, we are gaining invaluable experience and maturing quickly,” said head coach Ross Douma. “Being able to handle late-game situations and growing accustomed to playing well down the stretch of games has improved dramatically since the start of the season.
The team of freshmen and sophomores are excited to compete with the rest of the teams in the GPAC
“This season is moving along very fast,” said senior Andrew O’Donnell, captain of the men’s team. “Now that conference play is upon us, the season is almost a third over already.
The men’s team has grown close and has developed some great chemistry coming into the season
“This summer we spent a week in Chicago exploring the city and doing some volunteer work,” said junior Alec Henrickson, captain of the men’s team. “We have an awesome time together and are a very close team that gets along very well.
The men’s team plays Northwestern Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Orange City, away at Midland on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Doane at home the following Friday, Dec. 15. All three are big conference matchups for the 7-6 men’s team
The women’s team is off to a great start with their first-year head coach Kyle Lindbergh. The women’s team is all about continual improvement as basketball players, individuals and leaders, both on and off the court
“This team has grown tremendously already in terms of experience and maturity,” Lindbergh said. “Seeing this group grow together has been very evident in off-the-court relationships and it makes the on-court experience that much more enjoyable.
The girls on the team show up to practice every day with the same mindset: to get better and have fun.
Communication is key for the women’s team. Lindbergh, who makes that communication very evident, jokingly said that it has been the individual goal at practice for the girls to lose their voices from communicating and bringing energy to the court
Every coach knows that a quiet gym is a losing gym. Having communication boosts competition and energy for everyone. Communication brings chemistry, and that is what the girls on the team strive for
“The amazing thing about this team is how well we all get along,” said sophomore Rachel Evavold, captain of the women’s team. “In the preseason, we got to do some fun team events, like go to the corn maze, which really helped with our team chemistry.
Bonding outside of the gym is very important for any team. It builds team spirit and can be where some of the best team relationships are built
Similar to the men’s team, this year’s women’s team is very young, with no seniors on the varsity roster
“The dynamic is different this year,” said junior Kenzie Bousema, another captain of the women’s team. “We have no seniors and only two juniors, but the sophomores and freshmen have stepped up and filled roles.
The growing women’s team has the same schedule as the men’s team in the upcoming weeks, with three conference games coming up. They played Northwestern on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Orange City, then headed out to Midland on Saturday, Dec. 9, and then came home to play Doane the following Friday, Dec. 15.