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Winter Sports Wrap-Up

posted Mar 17, 2014, 10:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 13, 2014, 8:45 AM by Knight Writer ]

Nichole Miller


Boys' Basketball


Having a record of 14-10 this year, the boys’ varsity basketball team took a step in the right direction.


According to Daniel Roberts, senior point guard, the program is on an uphill swing. “The biggest win of the season for me was definitely Leipsic. Beating Leipsic was a huge step for the program.”


Agreeing with what Roberts said, senior Mac Williams added, “We proved to ourselves and to the community that Van Buren basketball was back!”


For both of these seniors, the biggest loss was McComb. They both felt that if they had beaten McComb the team would’ve been in position to win the BVC and that would’ve been huge for the program.


There were many memorable moments during the basketball season, including beating Tinora.


“Tinora was ranked higher than us and they were 16-6. We were down 10 in the third quarter and ended up winning by seven,” Roberts stated.


After beating Tinora, the Black Knights lost to Paulding in the sectional final game to end their season.


At the end of the season, Williams recognized the team’s 14 wins as a sign that the seniors were leaving the program at a place they could be proud of.


The JV team finished with a winning record of 12-10. While the team had its struggles, freshman guard,Riley Adolph said,” We had a successful season because through the ups and downs we all got better.”


Wrestling

Coach Whitticar and the Black Knight wrestlers had a very successful season with a record of 5-1 in dual meets. The top wrestlers for the Black Knights were Chance Sonnenberg (43-7), Isaac Sexton (39-9), and Payten Whitticar (36-10).


One of the major successes for the wrestling team was having Chance Sonnenberg place fifth at the state tournament. In addition, the 2013- 2014 wrestling team won the OWL, Ohio Wrestling League. Winning the OWL was the biggest accomplishment for the team according to Coach Whitticar. This wrestling team was the first team in school history to accomplish this goal.


With 11 varsity wrestlers returning, including the top three, the Black Knights are looking forward to a successful future.


Girls' Basketball

        Although wins were few and far between the girls’ basketball team had some bright spots.


        According to Bri Lasley, sophomore guard, those bright spots came from the great senior leadership on the team and from building friendships. “The biggest loss of the season was the Hopewell Loudon game. In the fourth quarter Hopewell made a comeback by getting steals and making their foul shots.”


        Finishing the season with a record of 4-17 left the team with struggles but Lasley, Wymer, and sophomore guard Lexi Hassan all agreed that even through the rough spots the team worked hard and had fun in other ways. When asked to describe the team in three words Hassan said, “Hilarious, hard-working, and interesting.”



        All of the different winter warriors here at Van Buren stuck through the tough times, as all teams experience, and were successful in one way or another. From the hard-fought losses to the well deserved wins, the Black Knights had a decent winter season and are looking forward to doing the same during spring sports.
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