Tricounty News

Eighth-grade boys' basketball

The eighth-grade boys' basketball team ended up 7-5, counting tournament play. Three of the five losses were by one point and the cubs were led in scoring by Cole Denn, Preston Peglow, Austin Schlueter and Conner Wittenburg. Each game had someone new contribute in some aspect and it is because of those moments that this group grew as a basketball team. In junior high, the only stats that are really taken is scoring, but the other team members did so many things, and much more than just scoring points. Everybody on the team showed hustle, determination, coachability and situational play at different times during the season. It is for this reason I would like to thank these team members for their hard work: Ed Nielson, Tyler Castle, Brad Meis, Austin Roerick, Davion Vestal and Dallas Newman. The highlight of the season was the second-place finish in the CMC tournament. This was the true measure of where this team is with their competition. They worked hard all day and came ready to play. They defeated Maple Lake in the first round, then defeated Holdingford in the second round, and were defeated by the champion Pierz Pioneers. The cubs were in the game until the end but just didn't have enough to pull out the victory. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players and their parents for the season. To the players, remember the record doesn't mean much at this level but growing as a team and as a basketball player does. Hopefully, throughout the season, you know your strengths and more importantly, your weaknesses. During the offseason work on those weaknesses. The more you work on your individual goals the team will be that much stronger. Please stop in my room at anytime for your end of the season session. Thanks for your efforts. Jason Mortenson, Assistant Basketball Coach