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Maize South off to great start this season

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A couple of weeks ago while playing down in Ark City, the Maize South boys basketball team seemed to be struggling for the better portion of the game. They were losing and lost their talented senior 6’9 Brett Barney with five minutes to play due to foul trouble. It wasn’t looking promising, but the team rallied late, making some big shots and playing with a confident swagger and pulled off the victory to go into the winter break undefeated at 4-0. For a newer program(5th season) in the area and having won a total of 8 games a year ago, the now state ranked Maize South team has its sights on keeping things competitive and working towards a deep state title run.
I caught up with Maize South’s head coach Kip Schultz recently and discussed his team’s early season success. When you watch Maize South play you’ll see a very fundamentally sound team and that the coaches are playing 9-10 guys a night. Schultz commented that “we are fairly deep when we need to be.” In the game down in Ark City, midway through the 3rd quarter Schultz subbed in a whole new 5 players off the bench to play out the 3rd quarter. Schultz continued that as to the early success he contributes that to the players “preparation, effort and a simple desire to prove the critics wrong about us.”
Over the first three seasons Maize South only won a combined 9 games. Last year they won 8, so the 4-0 start is having the critics taking note of the program.
And now Maize South has a nice mix of size and good perimeter shooting that will likely keep most teams guessing as to how to stop such a team defensively. Outside of senior Barney(6’9) they having junior Kade Kordonowy(6’3) and senior Hayden Pentecost(6’3) who both have good inside and outside games. You add in sophomore guard Payton Ricks, senior guards Kellen Filby and Desean Washington plus junior post Alex Martin (6’6) and Maize South will likely be force to be reckoned with the rest of the season.
Coach Schultz emphasized that “We would like the kids to develop a sense of belonging. Not in regards to the team but in regards to the league and classification we are in. We need some chip (arrogance) on our shoulder to really become a force to contend with.”
As to a push toward a deep state run Schultz summed it up this way, “ We really have to execute and take care of the fundamentals in order to make that type of run… we have a ways to go, and all parts need to be in working order.”
Early indications at least suggest that this team is on the right path towards that goal. Maize South will look to keep their winning ways going as they will face Wichita Heights Saturday Jan. 4th at Koch Arena at Wichita State as part of the ArkValley/GWAL Challenge this New Year. The Challenge starts Thursday January 2nd and goes through Saturday.

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