Huskies’ hot start

Evan Dushek, Writer

The OHS Boys Basketball season has recently gotten underway and the Huskies have started the season off strong losing only one of their first six games. Most recent win came at home against the Falcons of Faribault. Huskies head coach Josh Williams and senior captain Nolan Burmeister illuminated the start of the season and the eventual goals as the season progresses for the 2021 Boys Basketball team. 

Williams, Burmeister and the huskies are all content with the Huskies 5-1 start. After a tough loss to Mankato West at home the Huskies put together four very nice wins over Rochester John Marshall, Rochester Mayo, Albert Lea and Faribault. Coach Williams said, “It’s been a real good start for us so far this season.” The key to their success thus far has been their depth along with pure talent and athleticism that allows them to score in various ways as well as play quality defense. Burmeister said, “Our team has tremendous depth and we all can go off and score at any point in any game.”

Although the start to the season has gone rather well, the Huskies have had to deal with some complications and overcome some obstacles. Making sure COVID-19 protocols are met are a big part of this season but other problems have arisen. Williams elaborated on “on the court” challenges and said, “On the court it would be getting in sync offensively and figuring out our identities.” Health tends to be a challenge in every sports season as players may get injured or sick throughout the season. Senior captains Payton Beyer and Burmeister’s health is day to day. Beyer sprained his ankle in his recent outing versus Rochester Mayo. Burmeister is dealing with his knee and plans to be back playing very soon. 

The OHS Boys Basketball squad is very optimistic and confident in this season’s outcome for them. Setting big goals that are far from out of reach. Burmeister said, “The goal is to make it to the state tournament, but first we have to focus on winning the big nine and then the section title.” They’re determined to work hard and to buy into their roles to put this team in the best position to achieve their goals. Coach Williams added, “Our motto with our players is #Toughness  #Together.If we outwork and outcompete our opponent as well as play great team basketball.I have no doubt we can achieve those goals.” 

The Huskies will be a team to watch this year as they chase the conference title and battle for a spot in the state tournament. The Huskies will be looking for another win against the Red Wing Wingers Friday, Feb. 5th.