Colton Raemhild knows what its like to dive headfirst into the shark-infested waters of reality.
But, he also knows what it’s like to survive — and thrive and smile — in the churning waves of adversity, Copan High School head basketball coach Kevin Foreman said.
Raemhild — who scored 37 points in Tuesday’s high-scoring Hornet loss against Woodland — came into this season with a target on his back.
He was the only one of Copan’s three main scoring threats returning from last season, which meant he has drawn maximum defensive pressure this year, Foreman explained.
But, after some low scoring outputs earlier in the season, Raemhild is starting to put up some notable numbers.
“I think he obviously learned from that,” the coach said. “His biggest education came this year because he is scoring a lot of points with two guys on him.”
In fact, Woodland bulldogged him with two defenders — and still didn’t shut him down.
But, Raemhild is more to Foreman than just a name in the lineup.
“He’s one of those people you enjoy being around,” said Foreman, who teams with Raemhild to coach a kindergarten team at the YMCA. “He’s one of those guys whose always having fun. He loves the game. It’s like a privilege for him to get to play. He looks at it like, ‘I’m getting an opportunity to play.’ He doesn’t take anything for granted. … It makes it fun for me.”
Raemhild is equally appreciative of Foreman.
“He makes the sport really fun,” Raemhild said. “He teaches us a lot about basketball and life.”
Raemhild also expressed gratitude for the seniors from last year’s team.
“It took a lot of hard work and time to get where I am now,” he explained. “I wouldn’t be where I am without some of the guys from last year who were willing to help me.”
Raemhild referred to coaching five-year-olds as “a cool experience. … I remember starting at the age and learning all about the sport.”
Although his senior campaign is near the midway point, Raemhild is determined to take his career to the next level.
He’s planning on visiting Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College this week and has put his name on a recruiting website.
From the time when he was barely able to hold a regulation basketball to now, Raemhild’s passion for basketball revolves around the simplest motive: He loves the game.