This year’s Boy’s Basketball team is off to a great start with a record of 9-1. They are tied for first place with Hopkins in the Lake Conference. Even though they are winning big, Buffalo’s Boys Basketball team is focusing on things other than winning.
It is easy to judge a team based on how much they win or lose. Despite that, Head Coach Joshua Ortmann isn’t focused on points.
“I don’t care about records, I just love how hard we are playing. When you have a group of guys that are that bought into each other and not worrying about their own individual stats it’s really fun to work with every day,” said Ortmann.
This year’s Varsity team only contains two seniors, meaning the team has a lot of opportunity for growth. Creating a team bond is an important step in a team’s success.
“[The team bond] is one of the biggest things that I’m most proud of. We have two seniors on our team, Jacob Bakeberg, and Nate Dahl. We have seven sophomores in JV/Varsity and they brought them all in with open arms and loved them up and have been unbelievable role models for them. They do a really good job representing what we hope our basketball program represents,” Ortmann said.
“For me, it’s like another family. The team is always going to have your back, so it’s nice having them on your side,” said Nate Dahl ‘23.
The Bison try to keep the energy high before and during the game. They use energy as a tool to boost each other’s morale.
“If it’s not going our way we look towards the bench to get us in the game,” said Dahl.
A positive team attitude is something they work hard at.
Photo by Matthew Scherber