The Sacred Hoops 14-U squad, coached by White River's Eldon Marshall went undefeated at the Omaha Tournament.
For anyone that runs into Eldon Marshall's Sacred Hoops 14-U boys teams, they better bring it because Marshall's squad is deep, quick, tall and coached by a man who has taken White River to the Class B state championships, each of the last 13 years.
While it was hard to get practices in prior to the Omaha tournament because of weather, this 14-U team met twice, and then was able to squeeze a practice in prior to the Omaha Tournament.
Marshall, who spent time coaching most of the kids on the roster last year, thinks he's got a solid squad.
"We've got some size and guards, it's a well rounded team," Marshall said. "I coached most of these guys last year and fortunately we have ten guys that can play, shoot and that are extremely quick."
Sacred Hoops 14-u Roster:
Stratton Eppard (Chester Area), Miles Harming (Elton-Lake Benton), Dylan Marshall (White River), Caleb Hiatt (Sioux Falls Lincoln), David Alpers (Sioux Falls Roosevelt), Mikele Kimball (SF Washington), Chase LeBrun (Flandreau), Marcus Koester (SF Lincoln), Noah Price (Mitchell).
While one might think the assembling of a talented group of Ballers is meant to have a great season, Marshall said the biggest thing is to teach values and standards to the kids as part of the Sacred Hoops philosophy.
"The biggest thing is to try and get the kids to value the standards that are important like how you conduct yourself off the court," Marshall said. "All the qualities that make a good person we stress and work them into the kids like being there for someone, being respectful, give great effort in whatever you do and once you start something you are all in."
Those qualities have been instrumental in Marshall's success at White River and he continues to find happiness as his former students/players grow into their adult lives.
"Even if they don't graduate college, if they are a police officer or a rancher, just starting a family or a positive member of society, that's what it's about," Marshall said. "If a kid does get a college degree, that's huge of course and kind of validates things that you try to instill into the kids as a coach and as a program."
As Marshall winds up a busy school year at White River and leaps into summer basketball, he and wife, Marc are excited about Sacred Hoops Basketball and willing to do anything to help.
"Just trying to take advantage of these opportunities because for some of the youth from South Dakota, they weren't really there before," Marshall said. "Hopefully we can get some kids, boys and girls that go through and get college scholarships and have the younger ones see that and want that."
Marshall is the head basketball coach at White River and the Athletic Director for the school.