Egli: Leader by example for DHS

The start of Parker Egli's senior basketball season was less than memorable. The Dickinson High boys basketball team lost its first eight games and the possibility of West Region play-in game was slowing becoming a reality. Egli wasn't going to l...

Parker Egli
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior guard Parker Egli, middle, goes up for a shot between a pair of Bismarck High defenders during a West Region game on Jan. 17 at DHS gymnasium.

The start of Parker Egli’s senior basketball season was less than memorable.
The Dickinson High boys basketball team lost its first eight games and the possibility of West Region play-in game was slowing becoming a reality.
Egli wasn’t going to let that happen.
He dropped 22 and 27 points in back-to-back games, which sparked the Midgets first and second wins of the season. Dickinson closed out the regular season with a 7-4 record and nabbed the No. 6 seed in the West Region Tournament.
“We definitely needed our first win and, after that, we won six of our last seven homes games,” Egli said. “It definitely boosted our confidence a lot.”
The Midgets play No. 3 seed Bismarck High in the quarterfinals of the West Region Tournament at 7:15 p.m. today at the Bismarck Civic Center. In the previous two meetings, the Demons defeated Dickinson 49-44 and 70-36.
Luke Herauf, who leads the team with 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, said they’ve found the confidence to be a contender at the West Region Tournament and reach the Class A state tournament.
“That’s what we’ve been shooting for all year,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are the last seed going in or the first seed going in, you want to make it to state. We start out with a tough team, but if we put a game together it is tough to stop us.”
Egli leads the five Midgets’ seniors with 9.6 points per game.
Dickinson’s Dylan Skabo, Jud Mork, Levi Jordheim and Mac Rohr are averaging a combined 14.1 points per game. Jordheim, who is committed to play football at North Dakota State, leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game.
“The biggest thing with Parker is that he’s probably our biggest gym rat,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “Parker has put in a lot of time. He loves it. He bleeds it.”
Egli is also the Midgets’ quiet leader. He doesn’t say much, but he makes sure his actions speak for themselves.
In addition to leading by example, Egli allows the offense to flow freely. He admitted he was forcing shots at the beginning of the season, but now said every player knows their role.
“We all didn’t know what our role was going to be at the beginning of the season, but we all started to fit into our roles,” Egli said. “We all started playing really well together. At the beginning, we were forcing things and we weren’t looking like a team. We were all looking out for ourselves. We all started to figure it out.”
The Midgets are seeing double-digit point contributions from a pair of underclassmen - junior guard Mark Erickson, who is averaging 11.1 points per game and freshman guard Aanen Moody, who adds 10.9 points a game.
Egli hopes his leadership skills are passed down to the underclassmen.
“All of us seniors have been good leaders for the underclassmen in different ways,” he said. “I’m really good at leading by example.”
Egli hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll have a basketball career after high school. He wants the opportunity to play basketball collegiately, but wants to wait until after the basketball season is over to make a commitment.
“I’d like to play basketball in college and I’m getting a few looks,” he said. “Right now, my mindset is on WDA and state.”

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