RICEVILLE | Finishing positive on a high note and leaving the next team with something to build on are two of several goals established by Riceville High School boys basketball team captains Ryan Larsen, Kaleb Asfahl, Shane Holmen and Dylan Orth.
Larsen and Ashfahl have been playing basketball since seventh grade while Holmen and Orth have been playing for the past few years.
Each said they have identified their strengths and what they will be bringing to their team, from positive attitudes to setting a good example for teammates on the court and in the classroom.
“I don’t put myself above anyone else,” Asfahl said. “I treat everyone else as equal.”
Communication is something each said they have learned over the years. In addition, they each recognized the importance of helping their underclassman teammates. By doing that, the four said they leave behind a team that is as strong as or stronger than this year’s team.
“Synergy, teamwork, communication, knowing how to cooperate, and staying healthy are a big part of what we need to have a successful season,” Holmen said. “Our team chemistry is one of our strengths, along with out overall ability, working as a team and putting everything we’ve learned together during the games so that we are scoring and making our shots fall.”
“Getting used to the feel of the varsity team has taken some time,” Asfahl said. “Most kids haven’t played varsity so getting used to being out there on a varsity level has been a challenge.”