Odens helped lead Mitchell Christian to the 2003 state championship in an overtime win against Castlewood. He still has many memories from that contest.
“It was a battle,” Odens said. “We played them the previous year in the state tournament and that game went into overtime for the third and fourth-place game.”
Odens said he got into officiating seven years ago as a way of giving something back to the players.
Now, he has experienced the unique opportunity to play and officiate in the same state tourney in the same building.
“They’re both really a privilege and honor just to be able to have the opportunity to experience either one,” he said.
As for that state championship, Odens said, “Life goes on, but it’s one of those things, nobody can take that away from you.”
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer
Four men with strong ties to Aberdeen area athletics shared their faith with the State B teams Thursday morning at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast at the New Life Fellowship Church.
They reminded team members of the great influence they have in their communities and that all ages look up to them and what they have accomplished by qualifying for the B in Aberdeen this weekend. They also were told be strong and courageous in victory and defeat in their journeys this weekend and through the rest of their lives.
Speaking to the athletes were Aberdeen Family Y youth director Dan Grewe, Northern State athletic director Josh Moon, FCA state director and former NSU standout basketball player Keith Moore and Britton native and Watertown radio announcer Todd Enderson, who has called more than 3,000 games in his career.
Sports editor John Papendick
- James Valley Christian junior Andrew Ulvestad competed in the national free throw contest in Massachusetts in 2007.
- Current Viborg-Hurley players Dakota Flint, Rusten Anderson and Austin Wurtz served as student managers for previous state tourney teams from their school. Also, player Tyler Gerdes’ mom, Molly, has a lot of state tourney experience in volleyball as a player and coach at Hurley.
- Potter County coach Bryce Hall said his players are setting new expectations for boys’ basketball in the young co-op between the school districts of Gettysburg and Hoven. “These young men have an amazing desire to be competitive and are willing to work. They never lost focus of what they set out to achieve. They always wanted more. They never settled and were willing to go beyond what was comfortable.”