Today we are checking out a POWERHOUSE in Class B basketball. 4Winds spent the majority of the year ranked #1 in the State Polls but had some injuries late in the season that derailed their State Championship goal. The Indians…
Today we are checking out a POWERHOUSE in Class B basketball. 4Winds spent the majority of the year ranked #1 in the State Polls but had some injuries late in the season that derailed their State Championship goal.
The Indians have some high-level talent with, who should be a household name for high school basketball fans in ND by this point. They also have another All-State caliber player with .
Take a look below for much more info on the Four Winds-Minnewaukan program, this was their last season in Class B.
In the 2023-24 season, FWM will be moving up to Class A in the new “NDHSAA 3-Class System”. The Indians will be in Region 2 along with: Devils Lake, Grafton, HCV, Carrington, and Thompson.
2022-23 Season Review
Team: Four Winds-Minnewaukan
Head Coach: Rick Smith
Playoffs: Lost in Region Semifinals to North Star 51-46
Wins Against: Oak Grove, Dickinson Trinity, North Prairie, Benson County (x2), Lakota (x3), North Star (x2), HCV, Dunseith, St. John, Langdon Area, Rugby, Warwick, Thompson, Dakota Prairie, New Rockford-Sheyenne, Harvey-Wells County, Beulah, North Prairie.
PPG: 69.4 RPG: 31.1 ORPG: 9.8 APG: 14.6 SPG: 14.1 BPG: 2.6
FG%: 46 2FG%: 56 3FG%: 25 FT%: 60 3FGM: 124 FTM: 174
– 22.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 55 FG%
– 16 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 55 FG%
– 8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 38 FG%
– 7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 46 FG%
– 5.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 49 FG%
Q&A with Coach Rick Smith
PHD: How would you sum up the season for your squad?
Coach Smith: “We had a great season, that ended in a bit of a heartbreak. The team played extremely hard on the defensive end all year. I thought that we were a bit inconsistent on the offensive end and just couldn’t find that third consistent scorer for us. I thought we struggled at times to shoot the ball, especially from the 3-point arc. Our defense kept us in every game and most of the time our defense led to our offense. The last week and a half of the season was a nightmare for our team, losing 3 to knee injuries, and the one to we just couldn’t overcome in the Regional Tournament. Finishing 22-2, being ranked #1 almost all year, and winning 45 games in a row dating back to last season, is still something to be very proud of.“
PHD: What were some of the highlights on the hardwood that stick out?
Coach Smith: “45 consecutive winning streak.“
“& ‘s highlight dunks.“
“Winning the last Ramsey County Invitational that we will play in.”
“– 1 st team All-State“
PHD: How did your team overcome adversity?
Coach Smith: “Being the defending State Champions and winning 18 more consecutive games to start the season, the team played with a lot of passion and were only focused on one thing and that was winning games. I thought we were really refocused heading into the Regional Tournament to get back to the State Tournament and we just ran into injuries that were out of our control and we just didn’t have time to overcome that. We really thought we were going to compete for another State Title.“
PHD: What are a few things your team improved on over the course of the season?
Coach Smith: “We will have to get healthy again, losing two of our top future prospects with knee injuries and we don’t have the timetable on their return, other players will get the opportunity to step up and step in. The young guys have a year under their belt and will have to play a larger role next season which will deepen our bench play going into next year. We have our nucleus back but will have to improve our shooting and get an upgrade on consistent play from our other players. The young guys will have to get stronger because every game next year will be physical and we have to be ready for that.“
PHD: Who are a couple of role players that stood out for you?
Coach Smith: “ stood out the most this year with his consistent play off the bench. He was a non-stop hustle player and also scored in double-figures a few games for us, which was a nice surprise. Kylon Keja, , , , and Kashton Keja are all very capable of playing big minutes for us, but with their inexperience they were inconsistent. 2 were lost to injuries at the end of the year and we won’t know when we will have them back next year.“
PHD: Can you talk about the seniors and what will be missed?
Coach Smith: “Besides and Ty Dauphinais, we really did have much senior participation on the floor this year. We had 4 seniors, and they were all top-notch kids that wanted to come along for the ride of a successful team. ‘s toughness will be missed. Being only 5’5 he didn’t back down from anyone. He was a true warrior and the toughness and leadership that he brought will always be missed.“
PHD: Who are some up-and-comers to look for in the future?
Coach Smith: “We have a lot of young talent on this team. Next year’s juniors: – 5’10 SG“
“Kashton Keja – 5’4 PG (injured fractured knee cap)“
“– 6’3 F (played only JV last year – transfer)“
“Greyson Delorme – 6’0 SG”
“Next year’s sophomores:– 5’7 SG“
“– 6’2 G/F (injured ACL)“
“Clayton Dubois – 5’7 G“
“Rich Cavanaugh – 6’1 F“
“– 6’1 F”
“Dion Jackson – 5’9 G“
“Next year’s freshmen:– 6’0 G/F“
“– 5’6 PG“
PHD: What are your off-season plans?
Coach Smith: “We have 3 players that will need to heal up from injuries, one can be back this summer the other two, only time will tell. , Jonte Dlorme, will all be involved in “Bearstail Basketball” AAU basketball this summer. We usually have a busy June planned for team camps and possible leagues, but it will be mainly working on individual work and the weight room.“
PHD: Did any of your guys receive awards?
Coach Smith: “ – All-Region, – All-Region, – All-Region & 1st Team All-State“