Halstead taking appreciative mindset into Rupp Tournament

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Brackets were released Wednesday for the 51st annual Adolph Rupp Tournament hosted by Halstead High School. Games begin Monday of next week, with the final round scheduled for next Saturday, Jan. 23.

The Halstead boys (0-7) are the eighth seed and will begin the tournament against top-seeded Haven (7-1) at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday of next week. The loser will play Thursday and the winner Friday.

Halstead head coach Justin Schneider said his team is heading into the tournament with its customary positive outlook.

“One of the things I love about this group is their appreciation that they have towards getting to play,” he said. “I feel like they come in with that mindset each day to compete and get better, treating each practice/game like it may be the last.”

Halstead will be applying that focus in next week’s tournament.

“We’ll be doing our very best to execute our stuff and letting the outcomes take care of themselves,” Schneider said. “As we say each and every day, take one step forward.”

The remaining teams in the tournament have remained unchanged from recent years. Those are Minneapolis (6-1), Cheney (6-1), Garden Plain (6-2), Rose Hill (4-3), Andale (2-5) and Winfield (1-6).

“Rupp is such a great tournament,” Schneider said. “It is always nice to be able to play at home as well for that mid-season tournament every year. Not many schools get that privilege.”

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