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Voltz leads Raiders: Richardton-Taylor senior guard a 4-year starter

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Richardton-Taylor senior guard Lane Voltz, right, shoots against Dickinson Trinity senior forward Nick Klug, middle, and junior Joe Mayer during a Region 7 game on Feb. 4 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Lane Voltz has spent the majority of his high school basketball career being looked to as the team’s leading scorer.

Richardton-Taylor’s 6-foot senior guard has started at the varsity level since his freshman year.

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“Starting for four years has been a dream come true,” said Voltz, who leads the Raiders with 17.8 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. “I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. It’s tough knowing it’s coming to an end, but it’s been a great ride.”

But entering his senior season, the expectations for Voltz grew even bigger. He’s helped move the ball up the floor and call plays on offense.

The reason — Voltz was his team’s only returner with varsity experience.

“(Voltz) has grown as the season has gone,” Richardton-Taylor head coach Rob Bartz said. “Early in the season, he was forcing a lot more shots. Now, he’s starting to gain some trust with his teammates.”

Over the year, the Raiders have continued to grow and distribute the responsibilities throughout the team.

Voltz wants to be a role model to the younger players on the team. Richardton-Taylor has a roster made up for five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

“I want to be someone the young kids can look up, be a leader and the captain of team both on and off the floor,” Voltz said.

Lane Aune, a 5-11 senior forward, said it been great to on the court with Voltz. The two seniors were the starting fullback and quarterback in football, respectively.

“(Voltz) is a great leader on the basketball court,” Aune said. “When does well, the team does well. When he doesn’t, the team doesn’t. He knows that he’s look to score. “

Voltz has yet to make any plans for after high school. His main goal right now is to close out the season with a couple more wins.

The Raiders are the No. 11 seed in the Region 7 Tournament and travel to No. 6-seed Heart River for the first round at 7 p.m. Friday. In the two previous games, the Cougars defeated Richardton-Taylor by 10 and three points.

“We’ve played really well against Heart River in the past, especially on their home court. We’ve had some close games with them,” Voltz said. “We are hoping that we can go in there, play as well as we can for 32 minutes and get a win.”