HUNTINGBURG — Working as a team manager in high school sports comes with pros and cons.

The duties include long hours and sparse recognition while being a perpetual spectator.

The latter can be seen as a bonus, with a diligent manager being seen as a springboard.

“Every basketball team needs managers as part of the team,” Northeast Dubois girls basketball coach Andy Chinn said.

This Jeeps squad (12-4) has made several leaps the past four years and a stocked cupboard behind the scenes. The likes of seniors Nick Hemmerlein and Ben Schepers have been lending a helping hand for four years, each.

On Tuesday, the Jeeps fell to Southridge (9-8) 42-39 in overtime.

Upperclassmen played key roles, this included senior Hadley Fuhrman, junior Reagan Knies, senior Brinley Royer and junior Rhylan Kalb. Fuhrman and Kalb combined for 29 points against the Raiders.

“I think they are pretty strong offensive-wise,” Schepers said of the veterans. “I think they are good, key players to the team. They all play together very well, I’ve noticed. They are really good role models, too. They go to help the freshmen and sophomores.”

Schepers was nudged into the role by Chinn, his gym teacher at the time. Schepers was a freshman with little knowledge of the hardwood game.

“Ben’s a lifelong learner,” Chinn said. “Whatever he’s sunk his teeth into, he wants to get better. Basketball is just another example. He comes to my office a lot throughout the day. Usually, the past couple of years the questions weren’t about basketball. Now, it’s starting to get to the point where he’s asking why we are doing something.”

Schepers said his knowledge of numbers was the initial skill he implemented through a shot tracker on the iPad.

“Speaking from a coaching standpoint, I trust them with everything,” Chinn said. “I haven’t worried about anything on a road trip for four years. They take care of all the video, you name it, they take care of it. I trust them with everything.”

The program has nearly doubled in size from nine players to 17 in the past four years. Schepers has relished the chance to be one of the biggest fans of the Jeeps.

“I definitely say being down with them at the game, being able to be with them whenever we win or (2018) we had a sectional championship,” Schepers said. “Being down there on the floor with them, being able to high-five them and kind of celebrate with them is the coolest.”

He and Hemmerlein, who play school intramurals basketball with Chinn and other students, seized this opportunity with down time between athletic seasons. Schepers plays soccer and runs track.

Hemmerlein plays tennis.

“I’m really glad I did it,” Hemmerlein said. “I thought (Schepers) was just kidding when he asked me if I wanted to be a manager. As the four years went on, these girls are like family to us.”

They both have the vantage point of a front-row seat to girls hoops.

“I wasn’t into basketball that much, but once I started watching games, you can kind of see what they’re not doing right,” Schepers said. “And then seeing how the coaches make drills to help them with that during practices.”

Hemmerlein said he’s looking at accounting after high school and Schepers said the engineering field could be in the cards for him.

Towards the beginning of three of the past four seasons, the Jeeps have traveled to Corydon Central for a tourney, where they had a chance to build camaraderie.

The managers said in unison that going to see “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of their best moments during their manager career, during the tourney.

The managers also recalled going to Knightstown Gym, which is east of Indianapolis, where “Hoosiers” was filmed for a behind-the-scenes glance.

“They’ve worked just as hard as anybody the last four years,” Chinn said. “They truly do the dirty work. They’re not worried about recognition. They just want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”