After every huddle, the Dee-Mack boys basketball team breaks by saying “family.”
And it’s not just about being a family on the court, but off of it, as well. The Chiefs are led by a pair of brothers, Neal and Levi Scheuermann.
“Me and Levi are good examples of family, because we actually are family,” Neal Scheuerman said. “But it means making the extra pass, and working for a great shot instead of a good one. And helping your guy out on defense and just being there for each other and always having each other’s backs.
The Scheuermann brotherhood is something Dee-Mack coach John Hughs uses as an example for the whole team — treat your teammates as your brothers in battle.
“We talk about brothers all the time,” Hughs said. “Sometimes you hate them, sometimes they make you mad, make you angry. But they always have your back when you need them. I’m certainly proud of the way we play.”
Neal is a senior, Levi a junior on the 17-5 Chiefs. It’s that team chemistry that has turned Dee-Mack into a successful program.
“We know what we want from each other, and how to do it,” Levi Scheuermann said. “It is really just a family mindset that we’re all, we just look out for the best in each other. We want to win a regional championship and we want to win the HOI Conference, so that’s what we are shooting for.”