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Coal City's Dynamic Duo balances football and basketball

BRAIDWOOD — Last year Coal City athletes Brennen Shetina and Nick Peters garnered All-Area honors from the Morris Daily Herald. Making it an even more impressive feat, the two of them did it in both football and basketball.

While one is a fall sport during the high school season and the other a winter sport, during the summer the two overlap. So just how does the duo balance time between the two sports in the summer?

“Everybody does it. It’s just high school kids going out and having fun,” Shetina said. “I really don’t think of it as balancing. “The coaches take care of it for us. Coach (Brad) Boresi and Coach (Lenny) Onsen do a pretty good job so that the schedules don’t conflict with each other.”

Peters said that CCHS athletic director Dan Hutchings also plays a part in maintaining that continuity.

“We have really good supervision over it. Our athletic director and the two coaches really work on talking things out so that we can have the two sports at different times,” he said. “That way we can work on both sports equally and get as much time in each area as we can.”

On Friday, Coal City opened action with the other 31 teams at the Braidwood Shootout, but the Coalers feel that they are ready for the live games. This despite the fact that coach Boresi prefers more practice time in the summer to game time.

“It kind of gets us used to how it’s going to be during the season,” Peters said. “When you look at how many practices we’re going to have compared to games. He really emphasizes being competitive in practice. Our practices are just as competitive as the games we play during the summer.”

It’s one of many summers the two have been playing together — going back to the sixth grade.

“Since we could, we’ve played organized basketball together,” Shetina said. “Even when we were little we played basketball together in middle school.”

That chemistry was seen during a 48-22 win over Morrison on Friday. Just another day at the office for the Dynamic Duo.

“We’ve played together since the sixth grade and then we both got moved up to varsity as freshmen. We’ve really worked together a lot, even on the same AAU team (Illinois Ambush),” Peters said. “We’ve really worked on getting our timing down and where we can excel together and how to get each other the ball.”

Both on the football field and on the hardwood.

“We pretty much know when we look at each other. We see it,” Shetina said. “After a while he’ll give me a look or I’ll give him one and we just know. Same thing on the football field. It’s just weird.”

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