It takes a lot of work and passion to make varsity as a freshman, but also being able to start? Gull lake freshman Tyler Corstange has done it.
“He’s a really good kid doesn’t talk much but loves to joke around,” said senior Alton Dillon and fellow basketball player.
On his journey for his love of basketball and sports, he said it doesn’t all come easy for him, but one part does.
“It’s the way I see the floor,” Corstange said. “I always have had a vision on the court. I see things very well.”
Dillon said the Corstange is an asset to the team in many ways.
“I’m glad I had the chance to play with the kid and able to teach him some of my moves to help him better his game,” Dillon said.
Corstange said he looked up to the older player who helped him, but the hardest part for him is the mental game.
“During the game if I make a mistake it’s hard for me to get over it, and I just hang my head,” he said.
This happens to a lot of younger players until they gain control their emotions, according to Psychology Today. Student need to mentally toughen up to compete. He said one way to control these emotions is from pregame rituals. Corstange’s approach differs a bit from his other teammates.
“I pray before every game to my grandma who passed away,” he said. “When I played with JV on Valentine’s Day against KC andI scored 37 points, it was important because I played that game for all my loved ones because it was Valentine’s day.”
Corstange said he strives to be a leader on and off the court.
“It carried over to soccer, and the way I am at home. I feel like I am always a leader for my brother and teammates.”
He said he sees this as very important not only for sports but for life. But what does he want his teammate to remember about his most?
“That I was the little guy that was on the team. I know it may sound funny, but it’s true I was always the little guy because I was the freshman.”
Here’s some more information you might not know about Corstange.
Why do you wear #4? “That has always been my second favorite number behind #12”.
What is something that’s in your gym bag that might surprise people? “I always keep money or change in there so that I can always by candy from the concession or something from the polar station.” We agree with Corstange that it’s always good to keep money if your hungry before or after the game.
What is your fondest memory from this past season? “It would either being brought up to varsity and then starting on varsity, or it would be making it to district finals with this team that started out 0-7.”
If you weren’t playing basketball what would you be doing? “Just playing soccer because I love playing soccer.”
Do you think local support is important? “Ye, because then more people will come out to games and the environment will be fun to play in.”
How do you stay motivated after losing? “By looking at that game as one to learn from. I take it and learn from my mistakes that game.”
How do you usually channel your frustration with the referees? “By either talking to my teammates about them or my coach because it just gets it off of my mind.”
When you get benched what do you ask yourself? “What I did wrong and what I should do better next time I go in.”
What must you do before every game? “Pray during the National Anthem because I feel like that’s the best time to pray before a game.”