Without a senior on the roster, the 2022-23 Three Forks High School Boys’ Basketball team finished at the top of the conference standings in the regular season and took home the 5B District Tournament title before falling one game short of a spot at the state tournament. Head Coach Terry Hauser feels the experience from last year should be beneficial for the 2023-24 team, which opens the season on Saturday, December 2, with a road matchup against Harrison.
“I know the kids want to get to the state tournament after falling short last year. We haven’t forgotten what it felt like after that loss to Lame Deer. I think it gives us something to work for all year long. It will be a competitive district/division, as the top-tier teams didn’t graduate many seniors either, so it should be a fun year,” Hauser said.
According to Hauser, it was a great off-season for the program.
“We went to a few local tournaments and went to the University of Utah camp and took third place. So that was awesome, and I think our kids gained some confidence,” said Hauser. “Two summers ago, these kids won one game all summer, and this year, we only lost a handful of games.”
With the first game of the year after a limited number of practices, Hauser said having everyone back from last year’s team helps because they already know most of what they are drilling in practice, and it’s just reviewing what they’ve already learned.
“The practices have been amazing. The kids have worked hard, and the energy level has been great so far,” Hauser said.
With returning players Shane Williams, Caleb Van Vleet, Dylan Swenson, Hunter Feddes, Colten Hayder, Sam Tesoro, Carson Woodland, Tallyn McCauley, Devon Long, and Sawyer Andersen, Hauser said it is going to be competitive as far as playing time goes.
Hauser said he has also been really impressed with Kanon Reichman and Dryden Frisinger.
“They are both 6’3” and have both improved a ton over the summer and will give us a little more size underneath,” Hauser said.
Editor’s Note: The December 2 game against Harrison was originally scheduled to be played at Three Forks, but school officials announced the game had been moved this week. Varsity is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Look for wrestling and girls’ basketball previews in next week’s Voice.