Santistevan is from Lusk, Wyo., and just moved to South Dakota this past year. Interestingly enough, Santistevan found out about the Marshall County community because his former high school band instructor used to teach at Britton.
When Santistevan graduated from college, he found out there was a job opening at Britton-Hecla, so he applied and landed an industrial technology position that just so happens to be a nine-hour drive away from his home.
“I like it,” Santistevan said of northeast South Dakota. “I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like.”
Santistevan said he envisioned some day becoming a head coach, “But I never thought at 22.”
At his age, Santistevan is only slightly older than most of his players.
“It’s weird and a little different, I know that,” he said.
Santistevan said his assistants, Bill Meyer and Brian Rabenberg, both former Britton standouts, have helped to make the transition easier.
The Braves will be back in action tonight when they host Sisseton.
Santistevan knows the pressure to get that initial coaching victory is now gone, but he also knows that the expectation to win more games is still there.
“The pressure keeps going on,” he said, “but the first one was nice to get out of the way.”
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer
Here are the pairings and times for the Swiftel Classic in Brookings. The event features 16 basketball games over two days, with eight boys’ games the first day and eight girls’ games the following day. The schedules are as follows:
Dec. 27: (Boys’ Games) Wilmot vs. Canby, Minn., 10:30 a.m.; Florence-Henry vs. Lincoln HI (Ivanhoe, Minn.), noon; Lake Preston vs. Waverly-South Shore, 1:30 p.m.; Deuel vs. Oelrichs, 3 p.m.; Gregory vs. Pipestone, Minn., 4:30 p.m.; Estelline vs. Gayville-Volin, 6 p.m.; Hamlin vs. Oldham-Ramona-Rutland, 7:30 p.m.; Summit vs. Elkton-Lake Benton, 9 p.m.
Dec. 28: (Girls’ Games) Florence-Henry vs. Oldham-Ramona-Rutland, 10:30 a.m.; Hamlin vs. Wolsey-Wessington, noon; Lake Preston vs. Waverly-South Shore, 1:30 p.m.; Arlington vs. Gayville-Volin, 3 p.m.; Deuel vs. Bridgewater-Emery, 4:30 p.m.; Estelline vs. Sioux Valley, 6 p.m.; Summit vs. Canistota, 7:30 p.m.; James Valley Christian vs. Pipestone, Minn., 9 p.m.