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Tom Mix, Published June 18 2012

Central Cass boys basketball coach Roesler steps down

CASSELTON, N.D. – After five years as head coach of the Central Cass boys basketball team, Troy Roesler has stepped down, but he won’t disappear entirely from the Squirrels basketball scene.

Roesler will still be a regular at the Central Cass High School gymnasium, only he will be sitting in the stands instead of on the bench.

Roesler resigned his coaching post in order to watch his daughter Jessica – a sophomore – play on the Squirrels girls varsity basketball team.

“With the way the scheduling is now, I would have missed seven of her games and I didn’t want to do that,” Roesler said.

Mike Kegley, an assistant of Roesler’s, has been named the new head coach at the school.

Roesler posted a 100-26 coaching record at Central Cass and won one Region 1 championship and three District 2 titles. He guided Central Cass to a 26-2 record and a berth in the North Dakota Class B state tournament last season. The team was 25-0 in the regular season.

“It was great,” Roesler said of his five years with the Squirrels. “I had good kids that were fun to work with … It takes a lot of time and energy, but it was very rewarding.”

Prior to coaching at Central Cass, Roesler coached four years at Oakes High School during the 1990s.

He said he will not be returning to the bench after he’s finished being a spectator of his daughter’s games.

“I’m fully retired and looking forward to eating hot dogs and popcorn,” Roesler said.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562