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The role of a Team Manager

Behind the scenes - the role of a team manager on a high school basketball team
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 10:47 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - On the sidelines, filling water bottles or operating the scoreboard, team managers can blend into the background but play an important role each week.

“Personally, I think it’s pretty important because they need their waters during breaks,” GICC team manager Dax Gellatly said. “They need like all their stuff and their towel when they’re sweating.”

More than getting posted up in warm-ups or doing laundry, managers see what it takes to be a part of a varsity basketball team.

“At this level, I think being a Crusader is just to work hard and then just watch what they do because then you’re going to be up there playing for them,” GICC team manager Brandon Cloud said.

“It takes a lot of work and you have to put your time into it,” Adams Central team manager Austin Vontz said.

As middle schoolers, getting to hang out with high schoolers has its advantages.

“It’s fun. It’s good to be around those guys, cause you just know what you got to be like,” Adams Central team manager Jack Sughroue said. “You know how you have to be when you’re that age and how you have to act.”

Even through all the tasks, they still find time to show off their handles and work on their jump shots. Their jobs may seem small but if “Mr. Miyagi” taught us anything, everything serves a purpose.

“Because we’re going to be a part of the team one day,” Sughroue said. “We just got to know what to do and be around it longer than everybody else.”

“It’s really fun to do it,” Cloud said. “It’s probably like half the sixth graders but not all do it. It’s a fun experience.”

GICC and Adams Central are both in the midst of great seasons and Gellately, Cloud, Sughroue and Vontz are all playing their part so one day they can hit the courts just like the big kids.

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