Posted On: 01/26/18 11:34 AM
Wabasha-Kellogg guard Zach Kjeseth is the type of guy that can do whatever a coach asks of him and is willing do to whatever a coach asks of him no matter the role. This year, he’s doing a lot!
“We started off the season hot with a 6-2 record, but have a hit a rough patch recently, losing four of our last six,” Kjeseth said. “We have had a lot of close games to begin the season which I feel will help us especially in playoffs.
“We are a relatively inexperienced team but we had big expectations going into the year and expect a lot out of each other. Our team chemistry is the best it has ever been in my time on varsity and I feel like that will go along way for us as the season progresses.”
The Falcons are now 8-6 but they have won two of their last three and have a big game with St. Charles this evening. The game will be tough but it’s a test. Win or lose how will this team compete? If this team competes well, win or lose, the upcoming games could be a nice momentum boost.
“We are a little inexperienced,” Zach said. “We only have two guys that played a majority of minutes last year, myself and Jaxon Mickow. We also have seniors Nick Meyer and Mason Kuntz who played some last year.
“We lost three productive seniors from last years team but also bring back a lot of talent and athleticism with our underclassmen. We feel the mix of experience and the underclassmen will help us make some noise later in the year.”
Kjeseth is averaging 21.1 points, ten rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. Handling, shooting, defending, grabbing double figure boards, whatever. The six foot guard will get after it.
“On a personal note, I would say some things I am doing better are rebounding, shooting the ball from the perimeter, and my all around defense in general has improved a lot,” Zach said.
“Also, I’ve been tasked with running our offensive system and have enjoyed being the floor general. I like the game to be in my hands and it allows me to control the pace of the game. Also, being a senior captain has given me a chance to be a leader for our team which is a role I embrace.”
The Falcons are in Section 1A which is a 20 team group in southeastern Minnesota. The names in the section include Rushford-Peterson (12-5), Leroy-Ostrander (13-3), Randolph (10-4), Schaeffer Academy (13-4), Kingsland (13-5), Spring Grove (9-4), Goodhue (9-8), Bethlehem Academy (9-7), and any of these teams, Wabasha-Kellogg included, could earn a trip to state.
That’s the goal for the team and Zach can break some school records as well.
“We want to make it to the section final game and of course have a chance to make it to state. Individually, I want to become the all time points and assists leader at my school.”
As far as college goes Zach has one offer and a couple others showing interest.
Colleges that have shown interest in me are Mount Marty (offered), RCTC, and University of Minnesota-Morris.