It’s a new year! For most of us, that means setting some goals and hopefully working hard to achieve them.
However, unlike most of the nation, the men’s basketball team hasn’t resolved to lose weight or to stop eating so much junk food in 2016 (though the latter isn’t totally unreasonable). Instead, they have one goal in mind: section champions, and a formidable ranking going into the state tournament.
Even over winter break, the season didn’t take a pause. The boys rallied into the New Year, taking a second place title home from the annual Tombstone Tournament.
Back at school, there were no days off. Swinging almost immediately back into the season, January was jam-packed with games and focus.
Tackling Phoenix Country Day, St. Augustine, Desert Christian, Tombstone, Patagonia, Baboquivari, Bisbee, The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Bowie/San Simon, Arizona College Prep, Valley Union, St. David, San Miguel, and finishing January with a senior night game against Academy of Tucson, the boys have a busy month ahead.
Sophomore Addison Mort isn’t nervous, though. “January is a fun month, and it’s a great learning experience for the team.”
Much like his younger teammate, junior Nick Rosquist isn’t anxious for the future, either––even though he’s having to learn how to play with an injury.
During a non-section weekend game against longstanding rival of the Hawks, Desert Christian, Rosquist was hit and dislocated one of his fingers. Taken to the emergency room and put into a splint, all he cared about was getting back on the court.
“We just need to keep playing hard and pushing through all the adversity,” he said. “We can’t take any teams lightly because, at this part of the season, anything could happen.”
Luckily, Rosquist was still able to play in possibly the most anticipated game of the season yet on January 18: the annual faceoff between The Gregory School and Baboquivari, hosted at none other than McKale Stadium.
Newscasters and cameras followed the boys all day as they entered the home of the Arizona Wildcats, but they didn’t let it get to their heads. They won comfortably, 63-56, making up for their loss at the same stadium a year earlier against Desert Christian.
Looking ahead, Rosquist said, “To make it to the state tournament, we need to finish the season strong and not lose any games. Our goal is to get either the #1 or the #2 seed for the section tournament and win the section. If everything goes as planned, then we should receive a top 5 seed for state and get a first round bye.”
When in doubt, the boys simply have to remember the mantras printed on their team t-shirts – “Work hard, and dream big,” because Hawks basketball never stops.
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