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Diemer, Little Panthers eye third straight title game

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Eddie Diemer's already tasted success in the past, but NU High head coach Paul Elser wants him to take that to a whole new level.

 "I have put some expectations on him saying we're going to try to get the ball to him and have him make things happen," says Elser, "When he gets doubled, he can find the guys to get open shots or make plays."

The NU High senior post player has already been a big part of the little Panther's past 2 post season runs.  In 2008, he helped NU to a state title.  Last season it was a runner-up finish, while Eddie received 2nd team all-state honors, and he says he'd love to see this team make it back one more time.

"Our goal is to get back to state, win it all again, but we've got a lot of work to do before then."

The work comes from everybody on this squad as last season not a single player held a double digit scoring average.  Diemer's teammates say Eddie's the one who helps create a lot of that balance.

"I think everything's going to go around him, and when people try to double down we've got a lot of shooters," says guard Kyle Denning, "NU's always been a shooting team, so that's another one of our strengths this year."

While much of that balance will continue, Coach Elser believes Eddie Diemer taking his game to the next level will be the key to returning to a state final, and perhaps to a state title.  Eddie's dedication to that goal is already showing.

"I can see it, but I also listen to the guys who have to guard him.  They're just shaking their head, saying how difficult it is, and that's what I want to hear."

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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