Junior varsity focusing on skills

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The boys junior varsity Mustangs are playing with intensity. Their record thus far is 4-6.
“We haven’t been doing too bad so far. Osawatomie was our first Pioneer [League] matchup, which we won,” junior Travis Hermstein said. “But no matter who you are, there’s always room for improvement.”
Junior Adam Peterson said: “We haven’t been playing to our full potential, but we’ve been improving. We want to do better in district play.”
On Jan. 14, the JV squad faced off against Central Heights at home. At first, the Mustangs were down by a large margin. But after the first half, they started to pick it up. They came back and won by 8 points. The final score was 38-34.
“It was good,” junior Alex Kelley said. “We all worked really hard.”
“All of us were really pumped up after the win.” senior Brian Hu commented. “I didn’t get to play a lot, but I’m really proud of the rest of the guys.”
Gus Hopkins scored a total of 14 points in the contest against the Vikings and made 83 percent of his shots. He was followed in the books by fellow teammate Kelley who had 8 points and a shot percentage of 50 percent.
On Jan. 20, the boys played at Prairie View. Junior Kohl Endicott lead the charge with 7 points; sophomore Brett Taylor was right behind him with 6 points. The boys lost the game, though, 28-39.
“We need to make our short shots,” Peterson said afterward. “We need to able to make the easy ones and play hard on defense.”
The boys know that they’re always striving for perfection.
“We’re always mixed up at practice,” Hermstein said. “If we could practice together as a team, it would help us a lot. Practicing together would help us play better in games.”
The boys played against Anderson County on Feb. 7 but after a close game ended up with a 68-65 loss to the Bulldogs. On Feb. 11, the JV lost to Osawatomie 38-28.

Varsity
The varsity boys have been working hard. Their record at press time was 7-7, ahead of heading to Central Heights on Feb. 14.
Playing tough, hard-nosed ball has kept them on their toes.
“I think we have been doing well,” senior Tyler Mcintosh commented “In the game against Central Heights we played really good team defense, spread the ball around well and helped each other out.”
When they played Labette County at the Burlington tournament in January, the varsity lost a very heated game that went into overtime 65-59. They also had a loss to Santa Fe Trail 62-60.But in their battle against Rossville, the Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs 59-50. Their games against Fort Scott and Wellsville have been rescheduled.
The boys squared off against the Anderson County Bulldogs on Feb. 17, coming out with a 53-52 win after a hard-fought game. On Feb. 11, the varsity lost 44-35 to Osawatomie at home.