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Building toward the future

Gothenburg boys give maximum effort.

Swede boys basketball coach Roger Koehler couldn’t guarantee wins or even predict the number of points Gothenburg would score on any give night.

He couldn’t promise a close game either and he never went out on a limb with a point spread prediction.

But there was one thing Koehler knew for certain he could count on every time this year’s team took the court: Maximum effort.

“These kids gave tremendous effort all year long,” the coach said. “When you only have five wins, a lot of lesser men would have given up on the season. These kids never quit.”

That’s where Koehler sees the biggest success in a season where the Swedes struggled to raise the number in the win column, finishing 5-16 on the year.

“As coaches, we really stressed playing hard all the time,” he said. “I think we got that on every level. This is a quality group of young men and I think that showed in their effort.”

Individually, the Swedes didn’t get anyone in the record books this season but Koehler said there were some notable performances.

Point guard Cody Ostergard finished the year with 221 total points or 10.5 points per game to lead the Swedes in scoring.

“We asked Cody to step up and take on a huge role as our primary ball handler,” Koehler said of the senior who saw limited varsity playing time last season. “He also drew the other team’s best offensive perimeter player so he had to play tough defense. I think he handled it well.”

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