SARTELL – Sometimes things don’t work out the way you expect.
Brandon Snoberger didn’t feel like himself going into the best game of his high school career last Friday night at Sauk Rapids.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Sartell High School senior forward couldn’t buy a basket while warming up.
“I told our point guard that I wasn’t going to shoot at all during the game because of that,” Snoberger said. “I went out there trying to focus on defense above everything else. I knew I just wanted to shoot inside to start. Then, I started feeling better. The first one went in and that helped.”
Snoberger went on to finish with a career-high 27 points in the Sabres’ 66-64 win over the Storm that night. His three-pointer from the corner with less than 40 seconds left proved to be the game-winning shot, putting Sartell up by three at the time.
For his performance, Snoberger has been named the Times Prep Athlete of the Week.
“They left me wide open on that shot. They must have had a defensive breakdown or something,” Snoberger said. “I was just feeling good once I got it going. I’ve been happy with the way the season has gone so far. I’ve just tried to stay consistent at both ends.”
Snoberger is averaging around 13 points and six rebounds a game this season for Sartell (8-7 Central Lakes Conference, 11-14 overall), which is ranked fourth in the QRF standings on Minnesota-Scores.net for Section 8-3A.
The three-year starter has really started to emerge of late, according to head coach Marcus Oistad.
“We had been waiting for him to turn it on, and the last few weeks he’s definitely done that,” Oistad said. “We expected him to be one of our leaders since he’s a three-year starter. He’s a great kid, first and foremost. He’s a leader and works hard.
“Lately, he’s been attacking more and finishing well around the basket. For us to be successful, that’s what we need from him.”
Snoberger is headed to Gustavus next fall to continue his football career. The quarterback had a stellar career for the Sabres behind center. He also considered going to Minot State (North Dakota) before deciding on Gustavus.
“It’s a good fit for me and it’s a good place to play,” Snoberger said. “I’m excited what they do offensively. I can’t wait to get down there and get started. I’ve always dreamed of playing college football since I was a little kid.”
Snoberger is debating on whether he’ll go out for basketball at Gustavus. He knows he’ll miss the sport once his high school career is over. Snoberger was part of the Sabres team that advanced to the Class 3A state tournament when he was a sophomore in 2013.
“I’ll miss the guys on this team and the competition,” he said. “That state team was a lot of fun. We had our rough patches during the season, but really turned it on in the postseason. It was fun going up against a great program like DeLaSalle. It’s something we’ll all remember.”
Snoberger and Oistad know it won’t be easy for the Sabres to get out of Section 8-3A this year. The section features Alexandria (14-9), Detroit Lakes (21-4), Albany (22-3) and Thief River Falls (16-9).
“I feel like we’re going in the right direction,” Snoberger said. “We started out the season rough. We didn’t have a whole lot of varsity experience. The more we’ve played together, the better we’ve gotten. We’re starting to put it together.”
Oistad calls Detroit Lakes and Albany the favorites to win the section.
“It’s a balanced section from top to bottom,” he said. “There’s not a weak team in it. Anybody can knock off anybody. That’s what will make it interesting.”
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