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Junior Davis Gunnigle shoots the ball in hopes of scoring a point.

Junior Davis Gunnigle shoots the ball in hopes of scoring a point.

Junior Davis Gunnigle shoots the ball in hopes of scoring a point.

Junior Davis Gunnigle shoots the ball in hopes of scoring a point.

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The crowd roared and applause rang throughout the gym on Feb. 23, the last home basketball game of the season. Both the varsity girls and boys teams had won that night, giving the fans an extra bit of school spirit. The varsity girls played their sub-state game on Monday, Feb. 29, and the boys began their sub-state games on March 1.

The girls varsity concluded their season at sub-state with a game at Horton by falling 36-52 to number two seed Horton.

“Well we definitely could’ve won the game,” junior Callie Eldred said. “We played well, and hung with them, but just couldn’t produce any offense. Our defense was great though.”

The girls team worked through the challenge of training a group of mostly new players.

“There were more players that had never played so they were less experienced,” junior Grace Leach said. “So I would say it was a little rough at the beginning, but towards the middle of the season we grew as a team and it was a a lot more fun.”

The boys have finished off the season going into sub-state with a 10-10 record.

“I think [the season] went well,” Gunnigle said. “We had some good games and other games that weren’t so good, but we have the entire team back next year except for our lone senior Jimmy. We’re very optimistic for the future.”

The team made great strides to improve their games as the season progressed.

“I think our biggest thing this year was attitude,” head coach Adam Runyan said. “Not improving from a bad attitude to a good attitude, but just the ability to not get down in games if we were losing and then finding ways to pull ourselves back up, and find ways to win. I really saw that change in the guys, cause I mean they’re all great guys but we had a tendency to get down on ourselves like in the very beginning of the season and I feel like we really improved at that to where we stayed in the fight which allowed us to pull ourselves out of it a lot.”

The boys team won their first sub-state game, but lost the second.

“The first sub-state game against Valley Falls, I think that demonstrated what I just said about [the attitude].” Runyun said. “We shot the ball really poorly and played poorly offensively  and the fight we had to stay in game even though we were trailing like the whole game and get back in the game, it really showed the guys’ ability to adapt to a bad situation and make good out of it.”

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