It's been a tough two-week start for the Chatfield B squad boys basketball season with losses coming against Kingsland (36-41), St. Charles (38-74), Pine Island (37-65), Caledonia (31-79) and Rushford-Peterson (50-69). The lone win came during the last game before break, against Wabasha-Kellogg (57-20).

"We are struggling to find our identity," said coach Jeremy McBroom. "Due to injuries and a late start, we have guys learning different roles and playing different positions. I knew we were going to struggle early, however I didn't expect it to be this bad. On both sides of the ball we have struggled, however the kids are still working hard and not giving up. Each day we keep getting a little better."

McBroom noted that it has been hard to accomplish this with only having four practices and six games in a two-week span. The Gophers have already played the three toughest teams in the area - Rushford-Peterson, Caledonia and St. Charles - so he is expecting things to get a little better once they get back from break. Also, being able to have six straight practices before the next game will help tremendously.

"This is definitely not the way I thought my B squad coaching debut would start, however our last two games have shown a lot of promise," said McBroom. "We could have called it a season after those first four games, but we didn't and the players have really turned it up a notch in practice."

The performance against Wabasha-Kellogg was, by far, the best Christmas present he could have ever wished for, McBroom told his players after the game. The Gophers had balanced scoring across the board from guards to posts. The defensive communication was the best it's been all year, he said. Every statistical category was 10 times better during that game than any other game they've played this season.

"I'm really looking forward to our first game after Christmas break, Jan. 2 at home (against Cotter), to really gauge our progress," he said.