Westside School’s eighth grade boys’ basketball team beat St. Edwards 54-39 on Saturday at Blanchet high school to win the CYO Championship. This was the biggest crowd we have ever had for a basketball game, and the community support from current students, parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and other community members was awesome. The team executed tip play perfectly, with Will tipping to Connor, who dribbled up and lobbed to Henry for the first basket. This allowed the team to set up our press, get a steal, another basket, and they were on their way. St. Edwards called timeouts down 7-0 and down 11-0 to try to stop the bleeding, but the athletes were firing on all cylinders with the press and the fast break, and didn’t allow a point until the 1:30 mark of the first quarter. All ten played and contributed well. Henry had 19 points, Will 17, and Isaac 13 to lead us. Kovit anchored the defense, like he did all season long, and also chipped in five points. Connor was always in the right spot, making the right decisions, and playing his typical smart basketball. Justin, Callum, Nate, Riley, and Jac all contributed with effort, defense, and team play. Callum also scored three huge points. Championships are hard to come by, and this is a culmination of four years of hard work at Westside School for Henry, Will, Justin, Callum, and Nate, three years of hard work for Connor and Jac, two years of hard work for Kovit and Riley, and one year of hard work for Isaac. This was a great run for this group, for Westside School, and the bar is set high for future Wolves.
Congratulations to each and every member of the team, and Coach Mike Thomas!