CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The title of State Champ always puts a target on your back, but, two in a row makes you a potential dynasty to be toppled. Pine Bluffs Boy’s Basketball lost 6 seniors who had big roles in both runs. This year is about reloading with a team that only has three seniors.
“How can you be prepared right?” Head Coach, Tyler Kimzey, said. “None of them have been in that situation yet. Not saying that they won’t be prepared. But, that’s just a hard thing to ask them to do. We’re just trying to get them out there and asking them to get better everyday in practice, in every possession, just one percent better everyday.”
“Coach has been saying it’s a reloading year not a rebuilding year,” Sophomore Point Guard, Carsten Freeburg, said. “We just want to go into it as confident as possible and take it game by game and just see where it takes us.”
A legacy left behind makes waves for the next generation. Though some stars are gone they continue to shine in the next group of leaders in Pine Bluffs.
“We’re not as vocal as our last class was but we’re just trying to lead by example and just teach what we’ve been taught by the past seniors,” Senior Forward, Nathan Paice, said. “Just keep passing it down and teaching everyone to work as hard as possible.”
“There’s a winning culture here for sure. We’ve got to defend back to back state championships obviously. But, I feel like we’ve got a good team this year and we can go far. It was really special to have them lead by example and having them as seniors last year and watch them,” Freeburg said.
The Hornets are in action on Thursday at 7 PM against Wheatland.
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