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NTCHS Enjoying Successful Season

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Records can either make a team or a break a team.

"A lot these guys were starting since their freshman year. They were 1-19, the next year was 4-16," said head basketball coach Nate Aschim.

"We're pretty bad our freshman and sophomore year," said senior point guard Logan Simmes.

Even though times were dark, the Refiners stuck with it. Last year, the team saw the light at the end of tunnel, advancing to the divisional tournament.

"We ended up 17-6 last year to overall," said Aschim

"Last year we've took a big step forward and got to Divisionals, and that's helped us grow this year," said Simmes.

"Definitely makes you respect where you came from. Respect where we are now," said senior forward Jackson Nagy.

Sunburst hasn't lost a game yet this year as the Refiners are 12-0 overall and 10-0 in District 10-C.

"It shows that if you keep working hard you can get to this new platform. We started from the bottom and we didn't give up," said Nagy.

"It feels good. We've just got to take it one game at a time and see where hard work gets us," said Simmes.

Head coach Nate Aschim who's in his fourth year leading the team gives his players credit for the turnaround.

"The kids have really put the time in and are committed to being successful. They wanted to change how people viewed Sunburst basketball and have kind worked from that, and I think they've done that," said Aschim.

"I mean we've got Treyton who's great post and Tim is a great shooter and Paul is a great shooter and Jackson can pretty much do everything. My job is pretty easy. I just throw them the ball and see what they can do out there. It's pretty fun being the point guard on this team," said Simmes.

Even though things are going well this season, the more they win, the more they know they have a target on their back.

"We're definitely a team to be watched out for, but doesn't mean that we can't be beaten. I mean we're very humble with our success, but we definitely deserve to be as successful as we are with all the hard work we put in day in and day out," said Nagy.

The Refiners haven't been to the state tournament since 1953 but feel this year they have the team that could bring home Sunburst's first state title.

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