Sometimes you just have to hand it to the other team.
The Winner Warriors boys basketball team couldn’t take down Sully Buttes on the road in a close knit 45-39 loss on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Nick Wittler of Sully Buttes, one of the best players in the state, posed a problem to the Warriors early and often. Wittler gouged Winner for 26 points.
The Warriors, who had a cold overall shooting night, out-rebounded, had more steals, and played at least comparable if not better defense than Sully Buttes. However, it came down to putting the ball in the basket.
Winner (2-1) was led by Joren Bruun who scored a team-high 18 points. Brady Fritz added 14 points as well as seven rebounds. Kameron Meiners also grabbed seven rebounds for the Warriors.
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Non-Conference at Sully Buttes.
Editor’s note: This is a corrected story on Broc and Dave Stout and their racing season.
By Colton Hall Staff Writer
Racecar drivers are of a different breed. Maybe that’s because racing is unlike any other sport.
The speed of car racing is a deterrent for some people. It’s unnerving and dangerous. Unpredictable.
That feeling of fear doesn’t apply to someone like Broc Stout.
Stout began his racing career in 2003, and for someone that’s going into his 17th year of racing in 2020, he’s as comfortable as someone that was born in a race car.
With many wins on the season even though he went to about half of the meets that he usually does, Stout and his father/racing mentor Dave Stout are looking forward to another strong push next season.
“I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for him,” Stout said of his father’s guidance. “I really couldn’t race without either of my parents, my friends, or my girlfriend Dana, and my twin boy and girl. The amount of support that I have is amazing.”
Racing can bring many things for an individual, but once in a while, even a life lesson can sneak its way on to the track. There’s no secret to success in racing. It’s just like anything else in that it takes hard work, practice, and a lot of great people to make it happen.
“I’ve been able to learn a lot of things from racing,” Stout said. “The most important is probably patience because you can always use some of it.”
Stout’s father, Dave, raced for almost four years from 1989 till about ’92. Racing with his son has given Broc and Dave the chance to have a strong relationship that isn’t always common.
“It’s like a guy taking his kid to the ball game,” Dave Stout said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to impart some wisdom and help him to learn from the mistakes that you’ve made.”
The Stouts have had much success in their time racing, but they’re not ones to forget those who have helped them along the way. They cherish and appreciate the people that have helped them from the beginning.
“I personally can’t take credit for Broc’s success,” Dave Stout said. “We’ve also had a lot of great people that have helped us out from the beginning, and we’re extremely thankful for that.”
As far as what Dave is excited about next year? Just the opportunity to continue to race with his son and spend time with family.
“I’m looking forward to being with Broc and the grandkids next year,” Stout said. “It’s always so much fun, and to be able to do it with everybody around us makes it special. It’ll be great to get the grandkids out to the race track as well.”
In racing, there seems to be a comradery that isn’t prevalent in a lot of other sports, and not just between the Stouts. The Stouts run into someone they know at every meet, and that’s just another part of racing.
“Every meet you run into somebody,” Broc Stout said. “It’s one thing to race, but it’s another thing to be able to race with friends. In racing, everybody is a family.”
Make no mistake, when the green flag drops, it’s all business for Stout and company. Even when a tragedy like crashes happen, business is business.
“It’s go time when you see that flag go down,” Broc Stout said. “Obviously, you want nothing but the best for everybody, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Things like crashes are just part of racing. After getting into a crash, in the next race, you have to still be cautiously aggressive and find a way to still get it done.”
Racing also brings racers to new places. For the first time, the Stouts found themselves in Billings, MT, and it was for a good reason. The Stouts raced in the Jerry Quinn memorial race.
“It was great to be in Billings,” Stout said. “Being there meant a lot and I had a lot of fun. It was a long drive, but it was worth it.”
The Stouts also enjoyed a new trailer that helped with getting their car to and from races with ease while also making it easier to make repairs.
This was one of many reasons that the Stout duo found success in 2019.
“We did have a good year last year,” Stout said. “The new trailer helped, but at the end of the day, we all love racing. We’re excited to be able to come out and race again next year.”
The Stouts only exemplify what racing brings to the fans and racers. Family, friends, and the love for a great sport.