The 8th Grade Boys got back to some winning ways at the Tiger Paw Classic in Belle Plaine on December 15th. This was the first B-Level Tournament the team has played in this season. The results were affirmation that this team belongs at this level of play. The rest of the season promises to be exciting.
Westonka first took down Shakopee 35-25, then held Mankato to 15 points in a 29-15 defensive blitz. In the Championship game versus Waseca, the White Hawks fell short in a 48-29 game that was significantly closer than the final scores showed. It was 20-24 at the half in part to Wyatt Specht's defense locking down the Blue Jays star player.
The general theme of the tournament was very strong team defense extended from EVERY player on the roster! Carter Reinbold was a strong leader matching the level of play expected from a Co-Captain.
Scoring Leaders: Carter 24, Wyatt 17, Jadon 15, Matt 12.
The 8th Grade Boys hit their first bump in the road at the Orono Tournament over the December 7th weekend. Game one against Rogers was an emotional slug fest resulting in a 43-54 loss to the eventual tournament champs. Jadon Courneya played inspired basketball contributing 10 Points and 6 Steals, but it was not enough to account for an 18-72 team shooting performance.
In game two versus Buffalo, the Whitehawks got their shooting hands back on track with a 47.8% on Field Goals. Westonka won easily in a 52-25 final. This win placed them in the Consolation Final against Waconia that resulted in a loss that the team hopes to quickly move forward from.
Coach Mike Specht stated "Against Waconia, we simply did not have anything that was working. Those games are far and few between, but they do happen." The team is looking forward to getting things righted this coming Sunday December 15th versus Belle Plaine. The Whitehawks will be facing their first B-Level talent this season.
The White Hawks 8th Grade Boys earned 3rd Place in the Buffalo Classic Saturday November 23rd. The boys again played at the C-Level in an effort to get the season off to a positive start. The early day started with a 46-10 trouncing of Zimmerman in the eight o'clock game. This was followed by a tough fought match with a strong Fairbault team. The White Hawks put themselves in a hole with a first half deficit of 14-29 with simply too many turnovers. Outscoring their opponent by one in the second half was just not going to do it. The day ended with a win over Jordan for 3rd Place, by outscoring their opponent 30-12 in the second half.
The roster saw eight players get on the floor and contribute with just one missing the tournament for illness. It was a very well balanced output with six players accumulating double figures in points for the day, with Wyatt Specht leading the way with (27).
The Westonka Boys look forward to a full active roster of (9) for the first time in their next tournament at Orono the first weekend of December.