Posted at: 01/30/2013 10:03 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 4:45 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Kingsland senior Marshall Oeltjen is a man among boys, almost literally.
"Not only is he one of two seniors, but he's the only returning letter-winner from last year, so he's really had to accept a leadership role," Kingsland head coach John Fenske said.
"You've got to get the juniors ready to step up for next year, and I'm just trying to do my part," Oeltjen said.
"He was kind of forced into it, because last year we had eight seniors, so we had a lot of experience, and hopefully he took something from those kids and can carry it over to this year," Fenske said.
Oeltjen carried his team on his back last week, scoring 21 points in a win over Pine Island, and then 17 against Cotter.
"When you score 36 points in a game, and he gets 17, that's very important. He was actually in foul trouble for much of that game, so he worked hard," Fenske said.
At six-one, Oeltjen is not a typical post player, but his time on the football field and in the weight room has helped him overcome that lack of size.
Besides, the physical part of the game is one of the things he enjoys.
"(I love) getting physical down low and getting the trashy rebounds and putting them back in on offense," Oeltjen said.