There are all sorts of coaching/teaching connections in the St. Cloud metro.
Whenever St. Cloud Tech boys basketball coach Mike Trewick coaches against Sartell, for instance, it hits close to home. Trewick is a Sartell graduate. Sartell’s staff includes Scott Hentges, a Tech graduate.
At 7:30 p.m. at Tech, a similar but unique situation occurs when Sartell and Tech play girls basketball.
Sartell is coached by Katie Martin. Tech is coached by Sascha Hansen. The two were teammates at St. Cloud State when the Huskies reached Division II’s final four.
Hansen also teaches in Sartell.
Both teams aspire to challenge for the Central Lakes Conference championship and earn top-four seeds in their respective sections.
Sartell is 1-1 in the CLC and 3-5 overall. The Sabres’ Section 8-3A is one of the toughest in the state, with four unbeaten teams that all have QRF rankings of 12th or better: No. 2 Alexandria (4-0), No. 4 Fergus Falls (6-0), No. 11 Albany (5-0) and No. 12 Thief River Falls (9-0).
Sartell scores 49.6 points per game and is allowing 55.5.
Tech was 1-1 in the CLC and 6-2 overall. The Tigers are in a wide-open Section 8-4A where a half-dozen teams could end up with the top seed, including Tech.
Kendra Raths has been Sartell’s leading scorer early.
Tech is led by Kaila Burroughs, a 6-foot senior forward who is headed to Division I Denver on a basketball scholarship.
Expect a game intensely played.