It has been 21 days since the high school football season ended. And while some coaches, players and fans are still reminiscing on the 2012 season, there is one team that has started the basketball season right where it left off on the gridiron.
The preseason Class C-2 No. 2 Sutton boys basketball team is off to a 4-0 start, despite the short break between the fall and winter seasons. The Mustangs have knocked off the No. 1 team in Class D-1, a 53-35 victory over High Plains Community, and defeated Class C-1 No. 10 Lincoln Christian 48-37.
After playing in the state championship on Nov. 20, the Mustangs hit the hardwood just three days later for their first practice of the season — about 10 days later than most teams started practicing for the winter season.
But how could a team overcome the physical toll of an entire football season and jump right into the strain of preparing for more than three months of basketball? According to Sutton head coach Steve Spongberg, it’s all about his players’ mental approach.
“A lot of the same kids that play football were on our basketball team and came in with a great attitude — a winning attitude and a belief that they were going to win,” the veteran coach said.