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HUDDLE UP: Coach Kabonic tries to rally his team at home.

HUDDLE UP: Coach Kabonic tries to rally his team at home.

HUDDLE UP: Coach Kabonic tries to rally his team at home.

Brenna Battleson, staff writer

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On March 4th the boy’s varsity basketball season came to a close when an unexpected loss at regionals sent them home.

The boys’ team started the year with a new coach and a lot of young players after losing Coach Lancaster and 6 seniors during the off-season. Throughout the year, the boys continued to improve and defied everyone’s expectations as they finished the season 10-14, improving from the year previous 4-16.

The boys even managed to wrap up their quadrant  with a 5-1 mark and cruise their way to regionals as the #1 seed. Fans wanted a successful season for this team and the boys were ready to give it. As they went on to play at the 4A Natrona tournament with a few losses, the athletes looked ready for a change as they went into the Star Valley Shootout with closer games and more fight.

Every game seemed more successful than the last, even if it was a L. The way they played seemed to flow more and more. The boys took care of business the first day as they routed Powell 64-51. The second day the boys were caught off guard as they played a tough Cody team and lost 39-60. On the final day of the regional tournament, win or go home, the team came in and put on a show; however, the boys came up short in the final few minutes as many of the athletes fouled out. The finishing score 61-70, but they fought until the end. It was a terrible end to a promising season.

Through out the long basketball season this team showed a fighting spirit for the crowds of people at the home games as well as the old fans that have been there for years. The Braves may not have ended the season like they wished or hoped for, but the outcome for next year as they move up to 4A looks promising.

Senior Payton Erickson said,”The season didn’t end they way we wanted, even for how hard we worked. Sometimes things are just like that. I was happy with how much we improved as a team though. Hard to think it’s over. For something that was such a big part of me for so long, I’m ready for what life has next for me.”

UP! Peyton Erickson rolls to the rack like a locomotive.

 

CLUTCH: Will Johnson flexes and flies towards the basket.

CLARK KENT: Kambel Jenkins looks mild in his specs but flies like Superman on the court.

 

SHOOT: Wyatt Moore eyes up a free throw.

DRIVE: Andrew Jeske puts the ball down and moves up the court.

YOUNG BLOOD: Sophomore Taylor Horsely got plenty of varsity time this season thanks to his mad ball skills.

 

ALIAS: Erickson shows the speed for which he was also known to display on the football field.

OK: Ronny Kaye uses his left to bank in a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

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