Despite loss to Golden Valley, Trojan basketball team has successful season; future looks brightBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Being bounced from the playoffs in the first round, especially after blowing an eight-point lead with one quarter to play, is not the finish to the season Oak Ridge wanted.
The varsity boys’ basketball team had visions of reaching Sleep Train Arena with a match-up with Delta River League rival Sheldon High, but it didn’t materialize after last Wednesday’s 50-49 loss to Golden Valley.
The loss ended the season for the Trojans, a season that saw the team win 15 games and lose 13. It wasn’t a great season in terms of the team’s record, but Coach Steve Scott thought it was successful nonetheless.
“At the beginning of the year, I thought we’d have a difficult time making the playoffs,” Scott said. “We had lost 95 percent of our scoring with the graduation of Bryce Scott, Matt Howard and Scott Sanchez. To sweep Folsom and Ponderosa and beat Jesuit in league and to beat some other good teams along the way, I’m proud of how far this team got. This is a disappointing loss, but I’m proud that we got here.”
Scott is also confident in the future of the program. While seven seniors move on, including key players who played major roles like Josh Simms and Tyler Hatten, eight players are eligible to return next year, including some that played big roles in this year’s team.
“We played two freshmen tonight (Matt Battaglia and Jared Casey-Holland) and two juniors (Connor Sende and Grant Dean) that will be back and we can build around them so the future is bright.”