Team welcomes challenge
SASAKWA, Oklahoma — For the 2017-2018 basketball season, the Sasakwa Lady Vikings ended their season with a trip to the second round in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association State Basketball Tournament.
This year, Muscogee (Creek) citizen and head coach Rikki Wolfe said her team has a goal of returning to the state tournament.
This year’s team has two returning starters along with some that came off the bench.
Wolfe knows it is going to be a tougher road this season but that does not bother her.
“We have some younger players this year and they will have to grow up in a hurry,” Wolfe said. “I think they can.”
She said she has heard people call it a rebuilding year for them.
“To me it is not a rebuilding year,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe usually has themes for each season and this year is no different.
“Our theme for this year is reinvention,” she said. “We are going to have a different look to us but it is not a rebuilding year at all.”
Wolfe said she told her team different does not have to be bad.
“They have bought into that we will be different but they have accepted it and know what they need to do,” she said.
Wolfe said her teams always play the role of underdog, which she enjoys.
“The freshman girls that are coming in are no stranger to the role,” she said. “The team and I accept the role.”
Wolfe said even with the success that they have had, the team have always felt they need to fight for respect.
“We are use to it,” she said. “I tell them they have great opportunities to make believers out of everyone.”
Wolfe said she brings her faith into coaching as a great platform to share it.
“We pray before and after practices,” she said. “Just to kind of keep things in perspective.”
She has a scripture that she tells her team to embrace as well. It is taken from Isaiah 6:8.
“ ‘Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; send me,’ ” Wolfe said. “The girls accepted what it means and understand the position that they are in.”
Scrimmages have already begun for the Lady Vikings and season play will begin in November.1 comment