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High school athlete of the week - Gage Swanson

Gage Swanson, a sophomore center on the Beach boys basketball team, scored 34 points in the Buccaneers 64-57 win over New England on Tuesday, Jan. 2. He scored a team-leading 18 points on Friday, Jan. 5 in Beach's 58-51 win over Grant County and ...

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Gage Swanson, a sophomore center on the Beach boys basketball team, scored 34 points in the Buccaneers 64-57 win over New England on Tuesday, Jan. 2. He scored a team-leading 18 points on Friday, Jan. 5 in Beach's 58-51 win over Grant County and the next day he netted 35 points en route to an 88-28 blowout of Williston Trinity Christian.

DP: How long have you been playing basketball and what's your favorite part about it?

GS: "Probably since the second grade. My favorite part about it is playing with my teammates and having fun with them."

DP: What classes are you taking now in school?

GS: "Right now I have a bunch of ag classes and study hall."

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DP: What team goals do you guys have this season?

GS: "We want to get into the regional tournament and do as much as we can do. We haven't been there in a long time so it'd be awesome to get back there."

DP: You guys have had a turn around season, what's caused that?

GS: "We went from being 1-18 last year to 7-1 (as of Monday, Jan. 8) this year. I think it's just hard work. We're playing better as a team. We're all friends on the court. I'm friends with everybody on the team, they're all my buddies."

DP: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

GS: "Flying, so I could dunk."

DP: Celebrity crush?

GS: "Megan Fox."

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DP: What's on your playlist?

GS: "Different stuff. Post Malone, Willie Nelson all sorts of different stuff. I listen to whatever."

DP: Who's been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

GS: "That's a tough one. There's a lot of people. I've had good teachers, good coaches, but probably my dad. He supports me through everything and takes me to tournaments that are eight hours away, he coaches me."

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