The Northstar Christian Boys Basketball team is off to a hot start after last year's appearance in the state final, despite jumping from Class C to Class A. Coaches and players credit close knit, private school community.
"It helps us with our communication on the court, there's that built-in trust there from knowing each other too well," said Head Coach JJ Garwood. "I think it has benefited us being a smaller environment."
Northstar is lead by seniors Micahel and Miles Brown. Miles broke the section's 25-year-old scoring record back in December off an assist from his twin brother.
"We've been playing with each other for our whole lives," said Miles. "Playing with him is just a blessing. I know what he's going to do on the court and he knows what I am going to do on the court and we just mold together perfectly."
The Browns have both become staples of the Northstar program, making their varsity debut in 8th grade, but now there's another young player waiting in the wings, as Garwood's son Ryan also earned his varsity spot as an eighth grader.
"I was just really excited to play for my dad and with Michael and Miles and all them because I've known them for so long," said Ryan, now a freshman.
The Browns also know what it's like to have a parent on the bench. Their father, Michael Sr., is an assistant coach for the Knights.
"It's a different dynamic, but at the same time, I'm still dad," said Michael, Sr. "Sometimes my messages go in one ear and out the other. Hopefully some of the things I share with them they'll hold on to and apply in game situations."
"Sometimes it can be a little difficult, sometimes he's real hard on us, but I know it's all love and he only wants what is best for me," said Michael, Jr.