MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Bethany Lutheran College men’s basketball team is set to take the floor in the opening round of this year’s NCAA tournament on Friday.
One key piece to the Vikings’ success is senior Trenton Krueger, who is the program’s all-time leader in blocks, field goals and rebounds.
The dynamic playmaker brings a special set of skills to the court and helped the Vikings to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance a couple of years ago.
“You work hard, you can accomplish whatever you want. We play so well as a team. I give credit to my teammates for helping me with those records. I just want to leave that being a good teammate, working hard together, you can accomplish whatever you want,” said Krueger.
Bethany is back in the NCAA Tournament again this season and any game now could be Krueger’s last with the Vikings, a team hoping to make a deep run at the national level.
But even after Krueger’s career concludes in a Bethany uniform his impact will be felt for years to come.
“Besides 20 and 10 a night, leadership, work ethic, being one of your best players and hardest workers which is rare," Head Coach Matt Fletcher said. “He’s a class act, he’s a guy that represents our program in the classroom, in the community. It’s a big hole, and I think we have guys that are ready to step in and fill it. It’ll take multiple guys I think, but his attitude and effort outweigh his basketball ability, which says a lot, because he’s a heck of a basketball player.”
Krueger and the Vikings take the floor in the NCAA Tournament against No. 16 ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Friday at 5 p.m. at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.