Much of that encouragement has come from former Elsberry star Scott Kroeger, now a football player at Lindenwood University majoring in exercise science and education.Kroeger, aware of the leadership void that the Indians would likely face this year, began working with Fraction several seasons ahead of time.
As Charles Fraction, shown above taking it to the rim against North Callaway, enters the last games of his high school career, the question is answered, Fraction is a dominating player and a strong leader.
“I tried to prepare Chuck for leadership by telling him what I would do in certain situations while we were at practice and while we were watching film from old games or certain things like that,” said Kroeger. “I tried to point out my flaws to him as much as I could when I caught myself doing something wrong so he could learn from my mistakes.”
All of that hard work and preparation certainly seems to have paid off, both in Fraction’s attitude and in his performance.
“Now I want it,” said Fraction. “I work harder at it. It’s fun to pump up the rest of the team, especially now that we’re a unit.”
“There is always room for improvement, but I am very proud of Charles and the way he is improving as a leader as the year moves forward,” added Kroeger.
And just how difficult was it to get the rest of the team to follow Fraction’s lead?
“From day one, it took some work for the other guys to accept that from him,” said Parker. “They’ve accepted him in that role now.”
Early in the season, Fraction also found himself responding to some nonverbal feedback from his teammates.