With this being July, the last sport that should be on anybody's mind would be basketball.
The NBA Finals and the NBA Draft wrapped up in June.
Major League Baseball held its All-Star Game a few days ago. Pennant and wildcard races will be soon heating up.
Football season's coming soon.
Yeah, it's likely that basketball's not on the average sports fan's radar at this intersection of time.
However, don't tell that to Northeast High coach Scott Post, who now coaches both girls and boys basketball at the school. Post finished his first season coaching the girls team in March and was hired on as the boys coach in early June, something that he discussed with Northeast principal Jason Clemensen and USD 246 superintendent Greg Gorman.
"I wasn't sure what was going to happen but I made myself available if they chose to go that route," Post said by email. "They told me they were confident in me as a coach but wanted to make sure I would be OK with the workload. I spent countless hours coaching multiple teams when I was at Maize (High) and have always loved heavy workloads within the sport of basketball. I look at it as a great opportunity and I am excited."
The Northeast girls hosted a league this summer with two Northeast teams, Liberal (Mo.), Bronaugh (Mo.), Pleasanton and Uniontown playing on Tuesday evenings over a five-week period and made two trips out to Wichita to play in the Shocker Camp system. The boys played in a pair of Mid-America Youth Basketball tournaments, one in Springdale, Ark., and one in Kansas City, with competition including two Class 5A state qualifiers and an All-Star team with four college signees.
"I believe the entire mindset here is changing," Post said. "We are no longer accepting losing. On the girls side, we have talked about winning since I got here. I told them we will not back down from anybody. It is difficult sometimes but we have made improvement in so many areas. The work has to be year-round and I see that happening so much more now."
The girls return four starters, including point guard Kaylee Bogina, shooting guard Jaycie Polhlopek and defensive specialist Morgan Maransani, and the boys featured not one senior on the entire roster last season.
"There really has been an increase in talent lately," Post said. "We feel both teams should be very competitive if they continue to work hard. The girls are starting to believe and they bought in a long time ago. Our goal is to have our first winning season in many years and we feel that is a viable goal. I am very excited about the freshman class. . . . There will be a lot of competition for spots this year.
Page 2 of 2 - "On the boys side, we have a great group of kids who want to win. We have all our players back and believe we can compete. We will be aggressive and run the floor. The style should suit our talent. The boys are very excited and believe we will win. So do I."
Post, who also serves as the softball head coach and a football assistant, might feel like he needs a clone or a twin at times given the temporal demands of coaching both basketball teams.
"I have to be organized and always on my game," Post said. "I can't have an 'off' day. I expect my players to work hard every day and I have always said a coach needs to 'bring it' when they coach. The players feed off the intensity of the coach. We have some good leaders at Northeast right now and that makes the job a little smoother but I need to be on my game in the same way my players are. . . . One of the things very important is being available for my players, on and off the court. The relationships we build are so important in the development of players and moving toward our vision for the program."
Post, whose previous school was Maize (6A, over 1,400 students for the 2012-13 school year), has taken very well to Northeast (enrollment 139 last year).
"I love this town and promote the Vikings wherever I go," Post said. "I am very happy to be a Viking."