Superior boys basketball looking to new coach, fresh systems for winning season

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For the first time in eight seasons the Superior boys basketball team has a new face leading the bench.

While head coach Kory Deadrick is new to the Spartans, having taken over for Jake Smith this spring, he brings in years of playing and coaching experience to their court.

"Trying to get kids excited about the game of basketball, playing together," Deadrick explained at practice on Tuesday. "Some of the best memories that I have are playing at Esko, at St. Scholastica, some of these places where we had really good groups of guys that were working together to accomplish goals. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun."

Before becoming a standout at the College of St. Scholastica, Deadrick was a high school star helping lead Esko to a state championship in 2014.

Now hoping to help the Spartans to their first winning season in three years his focus is on implementing stronger systems on the floor. Senior guard Shane Leask said, "the system has changed a little bit, just a lot more intensity and just working hard every day."

Fellow senior guard Robert Olson added there’s, "been a lot of bonding activities like playing summer basketball, fall leagues or St. Scholastica league, going out to eat, just all kinds of different things."

The Spartans open their season Tuesday hosting Chippewa Falls. Tip-off is set for 7:15pm.