Photo by Sonja Brandt
By Kaytlyn Kindschy
The fast-paced nature of basketball, along with a tight knit trust from a team are among some of the characteristics that attract CUNE graduate student and guard/forward senior Tanner Shuck to the sport.
Working with the basketball program at Concordia, Shuck appreciates getting to play with a determined team that he can also rely on to have each other’s backs.
“Being in a place with coaches and teammates that care about you and your walk with God is such a blessing,” Shuck said.
Shuck cherishes the connections and relationships he has made during his time at CUNE and after nine semesters on campus, he has become a trusted member of his team.
“Because I’m quite a bit older than a lot of my teammates, it does seem that I’m kind of the dad on the team at times, but I enjoy it and am grateful to be a part of this team and program,” Shuck said.
The Bulldogs have been working hard since October to achieve their goal of landing a spot in the national tournament this season.
“We’re focused on playing for each other and for something bigger than ourselves,” Shuck said, “We take it one game at a time and play our style of team basketball.”
At the 2020 Concordia Invitational Tournament, Shuck took home the title of MVP and the rest of his team took home the title of CIT Champions alongside the women’s team. They now focus on moving forward and excelling in their Great Plains Athletics Conferene competitions. They won their last game against Northwestern College and will next play Dakota Wesleyan University in an away game.