February 18, 2016
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Basketball has always been a big part of senior Dylan Untereker’s life and having to start his last season on the sideline was not what he was expecting. “It was hard to adjust, having to get back in shape and into the basketball rhythm was very difficult for me,” Untereker said. Untereker missed the first two games due to severe turf toe and a small fracture in his foot. He was able to get back on the court by the third game of the season. “I struggled the first 2 games [I played]; it was nerve-racking,” Untereker said. Although the team had an unfortunate start, a win against Joplin began a different kind of streak. Untereker had a team-high 28 points in the victory. The team has then won five consecutive games, two of which were against Chanute and Parsons, who were previously undefeated in the SEK. In total, the team has won seven of the last nine played games. During this streak, Untereker averaged 21.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. “We are rolling right now. We have been playing good basketball because we play as a team,” Untereker said. Untereker is open about his reasons for playing the game “I make sure I play for my family and my teammates,” Untereker said. “I want to do everything I can to lead us to victory.” At the end of the season last year, Untereker was awarded Second Team All-SEK and All-State Honorable Mention. “My goal for this year is to get first team on both lists,” Untereker said. “I want to win the SEK and then qualify for the state tournament.”