Playermakers North AAU Return to the Court with Scrimmages

Updated: July 02, 2020 10:53 PM

It's been almost four months since high school basketball stopped in the Northland due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Athletes have been eager to get back on the court, doing so in a safe manner. The Wisconsin Playermakers North AAU organization has returned to practicing and even scrimmaging.

"Because we started late, we haven't been able to practice as much going into games. It's kind of jumping right in with both feet so that's been a little bit more difficult. I'd like to have four, five, six practices before we start games," explained Playmakers coach Todd Marunich. "We're kind of learning on the fly, but the kids have reacted and responded well. That's been exciting to see what they've been able to do in a short amount of time."

The team has had about three practices and two scrimmages. Most of their games have taken place in southern Minnesota. They'll head tot he Wisconsin Dells and then down in the Twin Cities area for the remainder of their summer if everything goes well.

The biggest challenge has been adapting at tournaments to different rules and regulations in different locations.

"It affected games. We all have to sanitize and none of the parent can really watch," explained Kloe Zentkowski. "In practice, we've been careful not doing a lot of us close drills and not having a lot of contact," she added.

"[We're] just being careful about everything," added Faith Zganjar. "We're just hoping for the best now.

"Obviously going into tournaments, there's issues with temping. Some tournaments are requiring masks, social distancing, but all in all I would say everyone's pretty excited to just get back on the floor," said Marunich.

The Playmakers North team is about up of players in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and upper Michigan. They've been hosting practices at The Encounter in Duluth.

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