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The quarterback on the court

Point guard suits Rolette-Wolford’s Pfeifer well

February 27, 2009
Matt Mullally
Rolette sophomore Jaden Pfeifer was quarterback on North Prairie’s football team this past fall, so when it was time to switch to the hardwood, his role didn’t change much.

The 5-9 Pfeifer is the point guard for Rolette-Wolford, a position, which, like quarterback, means he has the ball in his hands quite often.

“He has a lot of responsibility,’’ R-W coach Blaine Scott said. “He has to bring the ball up the court against pressure, make sure everyone is in the right spots to get into an offensive set; and then he’s got to get the ball to the scorers.”

Although Pfeifer has had his share of growing pains, he’s getting more comfortable in the position. “Often I let him call out plays and run different (offensive) sets,’’ Scott said. “He’s a smart player, and I know he keeps us coaches on our toes, asking questions. He’s definitely a coach’s kid.”

Jaden’s father, Tim, is a long- time coach in the R-W school system, so Jaden’s been involved in sports much of his life.

“I think I’ve been going to football, basketball and baseball practices, since I was three,’’ Jaden said. “You learn a lot by watching.”

The Comets’ offensive game is geared toward big men Blake Nelson and Nic Pfeifer in the paint, so Jaden’s job is to get the ball to them. That’s a challenge, since opponents are clogging the paint with defenders, making it difficult to a pass to the post players.

Jaden is averaging about seven points per game and gets shot opportunities. In time, providing more offense himself will develop. “Any time you can get a point guard to also score points for you, it’s a plus,’’ Scott said. “That will come for Jaden.”

And the good news for the Comets is No. 22 has two more years to grow into the position.

Fact Box

District boys basketball tournament play will resume today, Feb. 28 for Rugby, T-G-U, Minn.-Leeds and Rolette-Wolford.
Rugby and T-G-U are competing in District 11 in Dunseith. Loser-out and semifinal play will be today with two region-qualifying games and the championship on Monday, March 2.
Minnewaukan-Leeds and Rolette are playing at the District 8 Tournament in Langdon. Loser-out and semifinal play will be today with two region-qualifying games and the championship this Monday, March 2.
Both tournaments began on Friday, Feb. 27 with first round games. Rugby played Dunseith; T-G-U faced Bottineau; and Minn.-Leeds and Rolette-Wolford squared off.
The four top teams in each district tournament will move on to regional play, which will begin on March 9.



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