June 15, 2024

Rinke and Kremer earn Little Eight Conference honors

Photos by Jennifer Pederson Kyle Kremer picked up Little Eight Second Team honors for averaging 14.3 points and six rebounds per game.

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Sam Peterson
Grant County Herald

After losing nearly their entire team to graduation last season, the Border West boys basketball team saw a whole new team at the varsity level in 2023-24. The Bucs finished tied for fourth in the Little Eight Conference and had junior Holden Rinke on the Little Eight First Team and junior Kyle Kremer on the Little Eight Conference Second Team. 

Last season, Border West qualified for the Class A state tournament, but there were 12 seniors on that team that accounted for approximately 90 percent of the team’s total scoring. This year’s team featured a lot of new faces on the varsity team, but they were still able to be competitive in most of their games and finish with a 12-16 overall record. “Overall, we are very pleased with how our season ended up. We knew we had a lot of holes to fill, but we also had some skill coming up that didn’t get many opportunities last year because of the team we had,” head coach Jordon Roos said. “Our season was very competitive as it seemed almost all of our games came down to the wire.”

Border West had a little adjustment period early in the season with so many new faces on the floor, starting the season 2-4. Towards the end of the season, the Bucs started to turn things around. “We definitely had some road bumps throughout the season as we were trying to figure out what worked best for the new team. We struggled in a lot of close games in the first half of the year due to our lack of experience. As we got to the second half of the year it seemed we really found a groove and played our best basketball, especially at the end of the season,” coach Roos said.

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