Dedication: On and off the courtPublished 10:53am Tuesday, January 15, 2013
No matter how the Underwood Rockets finish in 2013, the end of this season will mean more basketball for Zane Lind.
Targeting his domineering stature and output under the basket, Lind has been recruited by a handful of colleges and universities in the Midwest from all three NCAA divisions.
This fall, Lind will travel five hours south to Sioux City, Iowa, where he will play both basketball and baseball on scholarship at Morningside College. The Mustangs compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and are members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
While he may attend a high school set in a rural town that houses only 341 people, there is nothing small about Lind or how he plays the game.
A 6’7” center, Lind’s physicality has primed his accomplishments on the court.
Through the first ten games of this season, he has paced the Rockets offensively, scoring in double digits eight times. With his rebounding and defensive presence standing tall in the paint each night, it is easy to see what has brought the attention of coaches at the next level.
Curt Olson, head coach of the Rockets, sees what Lind’s size has given to his development, but points to his dedication as the main reason for his success.
“Zane has continued to improve during his time here and has a great work ethic. He puts in a lot of time on his own and plays a lot of basketball during the off-season. I think he can be successful at the next level because he is a hard worker and will just continue to improve.”
Lind’s off-seasons have included participation in the American Athletic Union, where he was coached by former Division I players. The experience saw him competing against such talent as University of Minnesota standout guard Joe Coleman, and junior Apple Valley point guard Tyrus Jones, who is currently ranked at the top of the national 2014 recruiting class.
This dedication has also carried over to the classrooms, where Lind will continue to aim for the highest levels of success.
“I would like to earn my bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology and move on for a medical degree in psychiatry.”
But with all he has achieved, Lind still recognizes those who have helped him along the way, crediting his seventh grade coach Bret Setterholm, varsity coach Olson and assistant Ethan Soland, baseball coach Steve Bradsteen, and Underwood principal John Haman.
“No matter win or lose,” says Lind, “these coaches were there to teach us where we could improve and encourage us.”
Lind’s love of the game has formed an appreciation for the athletic culture budding in the area and the opportunities it has provided. His mother, Tara Lind, shares his sentiment.
“It’s an exciting time in our whole area. We have some really talented players getting looks and scholarships from great colleges, such as Mike Millard and Austin Rund in Fergus, Carly Masloski and Steffan Stroh in Underwood, Tanner Langlie, J.P. Moe, Blake Ohren from Ashby, John Haseman from Brandon-Evansville, the Ukkelbergs and Petric Van Erp from Battle Lake. Not only are these players good respectively, they are forging the new era for sports in the Lakes Country.”
“I’m excited to play at a level of basketball I think I can contribute to,” says Lind, hoping to carry this competitiveness, this piece of his small hometown, with him as he vies for a position with the Mustangs and faces the challenges still to come.