“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” Wyoming Indian boys basketball coach Craig Ferris said, nearly bursting into song.
Chiefs basketball season begins Friday as they participate in the Burns Winter Classic, hosted by Burns High School.
Both the Chiefs and Lady Chiefs are looking to repeat as 2A state champions this year. While both boys and girls teams have been very successful in the past, they had never won championships in the same year… until March 2019.
“It’s what we do, basketball is a part of Native American current history.” Ferris explained. “It’s something that has become a part of our history. It’s what kids want to do, it’s what they enjoy. Everybody has a drive, something that they love, their hobby they sacrifice for. That’s what basketball is for our Reservation and for Native Americans in general.”
Basketball is important to many around Wyoming Indian High School. But Ferris tells us on the County 10 Podcast it’s about much more than the game. Bonding with teammates, creating experiences, and using the desire to play basketball to help push students in the classroom is all part of his plan to create, not only state champions, but well-rounded young people.
Our full conversation with Coach Ferris can be heard in the player below or by subscribing to the County 10 Podcast on your podcast app!
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