Varsity Basketball Boys End Their Season with Awards

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Senior Taegan Terry drives the ball towards the hoop at the game against Spring Hill.

Henrique Arantes, Assistant Sports Officer in Training

The varsity boys basketball team ended the season second within the district with a record score of 23-13. Some players have also been awarded for their dedication.

“Our team had a solid season, finishing second overall in a very competitive district and advancing to the second round of the playoffs,” head basketball coach Christopher Grotemat said. “I am very proud of how this team matured and grew closer together as the season progressed.”

Two boys were selected for the First Team All-District squad award. Senior Walter Smith and junior Ryder Johnson were the ones to receive the honor. 

When I heard I got the award, I was thankful because it showed that all the work that I put in was worth it,” Smith said. “We competed in a very good basketball district and every player in the district was good.”

Seniors Taegan Terry and Colby Wood and sophomore Cole Collinsworth received the Second Team All-District awards.

It felt amazing,” Wood said. “When I heard that I got second team all district, I was thankful and happy that I received it. I’m glad that all my hard work paid off.”

Seniors Justin Farris and Colton Widemon, junior Amare Baptiste, and freshman Ayden Pierson were named to the Honorable Mention AllDistrict Team.

“Receiving the award in general, in a first reaction state point, was a surprising factor during the season,” Baptiste said. “For the coaches across this tough district to recognize me as a District 16-4A Honorable Mention Player, that gives me the confidence to keep working and push myself for great goals for myself and my teammates.”

Joining the five seniors on the Academic All-District team were Collinsworth, Baptiste, Johnson, Pierson, and juniors Logan Dixon and Will Hutchens. 

“It is always nice to see our young men rewarded for their hard work,” Grotemat said. “The fact that we had five different players named to either the all district first or second teams is a testament to the overall balance and teamwork demonstrated by our guys throughout the year.”