(WAOW) - With a young roster, the Wittenberg boys' basketball team has had its share of growing pains this season but the Chargers believe they have the right pieces in place to become successful
One of the reasons for optimism is Mitch School. We feature School as this week's Newsline 9 athlete of the week.
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To say that Mitch School has carried the load for the Wittenberg Birnamwood boys' basketball team this season might be an understatement. He leads his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, and he's doing it all as a sophomore.
"He's able to create on his own and he's definitely getting a lot more attention now and the best part about it is he's been able to increase his assists and find some of the other guys," Wittenberg head coach Lon Ebel said.
"I just try to go out and play the best I can every week," School said. "It's mostly a team sport and I just try to play the best for my team so we can win."
School is the top scoring sophomore in the state and the only member of his team who's averges more than 10 points a game.
"He's shown a lot of improvement since last year, his freshman year," Ebel said. "He works nonstop in the offseason, he plays basketball all summer long and that's the reason he's gotten to where he's at: his work ethic and his desire to get better."
With only two seniors on the team, School will be a key leader in helping the Chargers improve their season and build success for years to come.
"We've got a young team this year, but we're very skilled and next year I think we'll be very good because we'll all have a year under our belt and I think we'll have a very good season next year," School said.
"The biggest thing that he shows is the way he leads is by example, how hard he works," Ebel said. "Mitch could care less about his stats, what he really wants is to get some wins for the team."