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With the regular season ending soon, the girls and boys basketball teams have secured playoff positions.

“This season has been an incredible journey,” boys basketball coach Shane Krause said. “This team is unique in that they really get along well and are enjoyable to be around all the time.”

The boys team began practicing for this season Oct. 27, and they continue to improve with each game.

“It has been going really good, better than any other season,” junior Trevor Berry said. “Our players match up well, and we work together in a good way.”

The team of seven seniors and five juniors and are focused on finishing the season strong and accomplishing a run in the playoffs.

“Each year is a different experience, so right now I am concerned with trying to reach our full potential,” Krause said. “We will begin to plan next year after this season ends.”

With four seniors, four juniors and one sophomore, the varsity girls basketball team has been working their way through the season focusing on team chemistry.

“It takes work and time to bring a diverse group together to truly form a team,” girls basketball coach Lori McDonald said. “Once the season started, and the girls learned to trust each other, everything started clicking for us.”

McDonald said the team is doing well, especially with defense, but is working on their free throws for the future. Players such as junior Emily Schaible agree the team is doing a good job with their schedule and that they should stay focused on their positive attributes.

“We’ve had some success so far,” Schaible said. “We’re currently number two in district and ready to make a strong run in the playoffs.”

The team won the Weatherford Tournament with a score of 4-1 before heading into district. That helped build their confidence, and along with diligent practice, helped them get to this point in their winning season.

“I would like people to know how hard these girls work – the time, the energy, the sweat and the tears that they put in to being a part of this team,” McDonald said. “Basketball is not for the weak-minded or those afraid of a daily grind.”