By: Troy David Myer
We are coming to the end of the winter sports season and both boys basketball and wrestling are thriving. The basketball team is on a 12 game winning streak headed into playoffs and almost every wrestler is advancing to sectionals.
Basketball coach, Ryan Williams may be surprising a few people with how well his team is doing considering it is his first season as varsity coach. Meanwhile, veteran coach Kristopher Black is showing another impressive season for Knights wrestling. The senior class is doing big things for both sports, too. In basketball, all seven seniors are playing big minutes and extremely well, especially captain and 1,000 point scorer Jaydon Hayes as he keeps climbing school all-time record in points. The boys went up against Wilmington at the Prep Villa Center in Erie. They lost a hard fought game 55-35 in front of a big home crowd. The opposing Greyhounds were hitting lots of shots shooting very efficiently. While the Knights struggled to put points on the board when the fast break wasn’t working. Overall, the Knights who were hoping for a better playoff result had an impressive season in a very competitive District 10.
In wrestling, all five seniors are picking up big wins and pushing their teammates, especially captain Spencer Head as he approaches the mark of 100 wins on the mat. The Squire asked Coach Ryan Williams and Spencer Head a few questions about their teams.
The Squire: How is the team doing as the season is winding down?
Ryan Williams: We went into playoffs on a 12 game winning streak, so I think we’re doing alright.
Spencer Head: Doing good, lots of people still working hard late in the season.
TS: What is the team’s record?
RW: 16-6 regular season, and with a first round bye in playoffs 0-1 losing in the second round. SH: 14-4
TS: How is the postseason looking for the team?
RW: There will be a lot of tough teams, but we match up well with everyone so we got a pretty good shot at winning some games.
SH: We’re looking pretty strong; we will only be missing a few weight classes at sections.
TS: Do you feel the team will make some noise or surprise anyone in the postseason?
RW: We were hoping to win D10, and, although it didn’t happen, the team still had a great season.
SH: I feel Easton Hedman will do really well this postseason and surprise some people.
TS: What sets the team apart from other teams?
RW: Our depth is what makes us tough, and Jaydon is one of the best players in D10, so with him we had a good chance every night.
SH: Being one cohesive group and pushing each other to get better each day were big strengths for us.
Stay tuned to the W-IKE News morning show and http://www.squirenews.com for updates while the winter sports season winds down.