By Cara L. Dempski
WISCONSIN DELLS — Garrett Maas admits he had a lot of fun serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star week last month.
“The all-star experience was unbelievable,” Maas said. “I hope I get the opportunity to do it again in the future.”
Maas joined Stanley-Boyd head coach Tom Hause and Edgar’s David Huss as the three-man coaching staff for this year’s Division 4 North boys’ basketball team. The group played against the D4 South team June 17 at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.
[emember_protected] While the southern team proved the more dominant one, winning the game 83-73, Maas said he was pleased to work with a 10-person roster of good kids who became a close-knit group really quickly.
Part of Maas’ work for the all-star game was raising funds for the Midwest Athletes Children’s Cancer Fund. The combined boys’ and girls’ all-star teams and coaches raised over $400,000 for the organization.
The Viking coach said the MACC Fund speakers the teams heard from during their time in Wisconsin Dells opened his eyes to the work the charity has done and the lives it has impacted.
Maas was selected as one of Hause’s assistant coaches because he was a rookie all-star coach just like the Stanley-Boyd coach.
“I met Garrett through the coaching association,” Hause explained. “I was looking for younger coaches who had never done this before.”
He also noted it was fun to be around coaches like Maas and Huss because he found himself listening to how they worked with the team, and learned a great deal.
The Oriole head coach said the team practiced in Chippewa Falls on Tuesday, June 13 before heading to Colfax High School the morning of June 14 for a second practice session. The team headed out to the Whitetail Golf and Supper Club for 18-holes of fun and relaxation before returning to the high school later that evening for a second practice.
Everyone packed up and went to Wisconsin Dells June 15, where there were team meetings, another practice, and plenty of fun things to do. The week culminated in a 10:45 a.m. date June 17 to compete head-to-head with the D4 South boys’.
The North team leapt out to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, and trailed the South 39-38 at halftime before falling behind late in the second half in the eventual loss. [/emember_protected]