SIOUX CITY | Siouxland Christian’s boys basketball future is very bright.
Those were the words of fourth-year head coach Caleb Luckow, who saw his Eagles soar to new heights this month. The squad took a seven-game winning streak into Thursday night’s Class 1A District 1 championship game against South O’Brien.
Devin Hagestrom (8.2 ppg), who scored a team-high 11 points while going 3-for-6 from three-point range in the 58-33 loss, is the lone senior from a program that reached its first-ever district final.
Christian Kyles, a slashing, high-scoring 6-foot junior, averaged 24.8 points on the season for a 15-8 team that finished fifth in the Western Valley Conference.
Kyles shot 44.2 percent (54 of 122) from three-point range. Kyles, who was held to just nine points in the loss, topped 30 points nine times, including a season-high 39 in a 66-47 win over Lawton-Bronson.
Jeremiah Khat, a sweet-shooting 6-2 sophomore, followed his 11.5 freshman scoring average with a 14.0 mark this season that included 78 of 201 three-pointers.
Khat and another returning starter, Goey Deang (7.4 ppg), are both natives of South Sudan. Dylan Klynsma (1.9 ppg), a 5-10 junior, will also return as a starter, while the team's top reserve, 5-11 freshman Parker Moss (3.5 ppg), also comes back.
“I’m very excited for our community, our students, our parents and everything,” said Luckow, who has guided the Eagles to a 41-37 record and back-to-back winning seasons.
“The future is huge. We have a lot of young kids who are coming up. The camaraderie, the pride, the passion is all there. Next year, our goal is to win a (Western Valley) conference championship, a district championship and then make our way to state. We have a lot of work to do. Our road to success starts tomorrow.”