Basketball Battling through the Travel and Competition of 5A


Kaylee Beard, Staff Writer

This year’s boys’ basketball team has embraced the jump to 5A. The team has traveled more miles than the distance from Los Angeles to New York because they want to challenge themselves against the best competition in the state. Last year’s team made it all the way to the regional final just one win away from the state tournament, but this year’s team wants to focus on taking the season one game at a time. We spoke to juniors Austin Brewer and Stran Blair about the season ahead of them.

“We have played a lot of 5A and 6A schools in the past, so I don’t think there is going to be a lot of change,” said Brewer. “Our expectations stay the same every season.”

The team has only played two home games, but they are not letting that phase them. Their current record is 11-6 which is very impressive considering the tough competition they have faced in opposing gymnasiums. The players are most looking forward to playing new district rival Wichita Falls Rider because they have several college prospects on their roster.

Blair said, “We want to be the best team we can be. We want to always be improving and playing as a team. If we can play at our best against every team, then we will be tough.”

The team consists of four sophomores, five juniors, and four seniors. The majority of the team has been playing together for at least a couple of years which is evident when they step on the court. The sophomores have adjusted well to their new teammates and are just as crucial to the team as any of the other experienced upperclassmen.

“We are focusing on positivity and encouraging each other this year. We want to be uplifting toward all of our teammates,” said Brewer.

The players have tried to focus on developing their communication on the court. They have discovered positive communication on the courts helps them stay on the same page throughout the course of a game. The team also has a great relationship off of the court. They love to eat and hang out together when they aren’t traveling or practicing.

“It is good to know twelve people in the locker room have your back,” said Blair. “We definitely all know we are there for each other for a fact.”