The Drill: Edgerton's Wassink is a star in a small universe
Edgerton Public senior Reece Wassink is an exceptional volleyball and girls basketball player performing in a small school.
EDGERTON -- Sometimes, you almost gotta feel that the Edgerton Public sports programs are overlooked and unfairly challenged amongst the southwest Minnesota landscape. The school used to have athletic partners, but now it’s going it alone. It’s a small school, and it’s hard to win consistently in a small school. Edgerton isn’t even the only game in town, sharing its community with Southwest Minnesota Christian.
Nevertheless, there is a rich sports history in the Edgerton Public system. It begins, in most people’s minds, with the historic 1960 state boys basketball championship, an incredible story -- a Hoosiers-type moment when tiny Edgerton won the one-class state title against all odds.
Edgerton Public has another thing going for it: The nickname. Flying Dutchmen. The school has one of the coolest and most unique nicknames in Minnesota, and its players wear it proudly.
We certainly don’t want to overlook Edgerton, so this week’s Drill features one of their outstanding girl athletes, six-foot senior Reece Wassink.
She competes in volleyball , girls basketball and track . She has recently completed a volleyball season where she performed in two positions, hitter and setter. The dual duties forces her to alter her mental focus, but she handled it all very well.
Two seasons ago, the EHS girls basketball team didn’t get any victories, but last season the program made some big strides. Wassink is hoping that more big strides can be made this year, and she’s feeling confident.
“I think because we only really lost three seniors, we have so much more experience coming back, and we have younger players who are getting even better,” she said.
“Since our school is such a small school, I feel like my perspective has changed. Because there aren’t many girls who go out for any sports. So I feel like everyone who is going out has to work super hard -- because you’re an important piece to our team. Everyone is accountable,” Wassink said.
She says she hopes to play basketball beyond the high school level after she graduates, and she’s eyeing the University of Minnesota-Morris at least for the moment. You can see our Drill video of Wassink online at www.dglobe.com . Here is a sample of our interview:
QUESTION: What would you say are your best attributes as a basketball player?
ANSWER: “I think some of my best qualities as a basketball player would be my strength down low in the post, and I also feel I have a nice shot on the outside. So I’m pretty versatile, I can be used almost anywhere.”
QUESTION: Who inspires you in sports?
ANSWER: “The person who inspires me most would probably be my older sister Mia. She played basketball in college and she played basketball in high school. And I feel like she really pushes me. If we ever go to scrimmages together, or if we ever shoot together, she pushes me to become a better player. And I look up to her.”
QUESTION: Tell us the most unusual thing about you that some people don’t know.
ANSWER: “I think the most unusual thing about me is I feel like I always have a movie quote or a movie reference for something. I love movies. I also love reading, like all the time. Like, I can reference just about anything.”