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HS Athlete of the Week - Gage Swanson

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Beach sophomore forward Gage Swanson puts up a shot inside after pump faking a pair of defenders against Heart River on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, from Belfield High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 4
The Beach boys basketball team poses for a photo following practice on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from Beach High School. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)4 / 4

Gage Swanson, a junior forward for the Beach boys basketball team, average 29.6 points per game through three Buccaneer victories during the second week of January. Swanson had his strongest game during Beach's 70-57 road victory over Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday, Jan. 8, scoring 36 points, including a pair of makes from three-point territory. On Friday, Jan. 11, the 6-foot-1 forward put up 30 points during a 73-59 triumph over Trenton. He followed that performance with a 23-point effort during the Bucs 53-39 win over Wibaux (Mont.). After beginning the season 0-4, Beach's victory over Wibaux evened the team's record at 5-5.

DP: What have been the keys to the team's success this season?

GS: "I'd say the keys to our success would be hard work. We all work together as a team ... We battle for our friends, everyone of those guys are my friends out there. So I'd say hard work and working together with them."

DP: What have been the keys to the team's turnaround recently?

GS: "Again, I'd say it's hard work. We started off 0-4 I think and we got a quick win before the Christmas break. Christmas break, we just grinded the Christmas break and work hard. Then we came back and we're on a streak now, so I don't know."

DP: What are you most looking forward to this season?

GS: "I'd say what I'm most looking forward to this season is getting into our regional tournament and hopefully winning it."

DP: Who is your funniest teammate?

GS: 'My funniest teammate would be, I'm not sure about that one, we got a lot of funny guys. I'd probably say either Jared Wojahn or Blake Van Horn."

DP: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

GS: "My favorite athlete growing up would be my uncle, Paul Swanson."

DP: If there is one thing that you could eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

GS: "The one I could eat for the rest of my life would be pizza."

DP: What is the best TV show or movie that you've watched recently?

GS: "The most recent tv show that I've watched would probably be. ... Stranger Things."

DP: Either/or: Snapchat or Instagram?

GS: "Snapchat."

DP: Country Music or Hip Hop?

GS: "Both."

DP: When eating a meal, what is most satisfying: the first bite or last bite?

GS: "The first bite."

DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?

GS: "I'm an awful dancer (laughs)."

DP: Basketball or any other sport?

GS: "Basketball and football, I'd say."

DP: What is your favorite sports memory?

GS: 'I've had a lot of sports memories, but my favorite sports memory would be last year during football. We won the last two games of the season, then we won in the first and second round of the playoffs."

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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