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Middle school hoops

Washington eighth-grade boys win two games to close out season

Feb 25, 2013

MT. PLEASANT — The Washington eighth-grade boys’ basketball team wrapped up its season by winning two of three games at rival Mt. Pleasant on Feb. 14.

The Demon A team lost to the Panthers 46-21. Mason Rich scored nine points to lead Washington, and he also had three steals, a rebound and an assist in the contest. John Dillon added four points, three steals and a rebound. Bryce Sinn had three points to go with a team-high six rebounds, and Tanner Coleman had three points and a rebound. Drake Brezina chipped in two points, three steals and three rebounds. Michael Gier contributed four assists, a steal and a rebound in the game, and Noah Enfield had a steal.

The Washington A team ended its season with a record of 7-4.

“This was a tough way to end the season, but we had so many other positives that outweigh this one loss,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said. “This team was 1-11 last year. They worked extremely hard to improve this year. Offensively and defensively the guys took giant steps forward.”

The Washington B team defeated Mt. Pleasant 18-11. Michael Dillon and Ryan Loy scored four points apiece to lead a balanced Demon attack, while Coleman and John Sands scored three points apiece. Collin Zear and Aaron Vittetoe both chipped in two points. Dillon and Loy both grabbed five rebounds apiece, and Loy also had two steals. Sands had four boards and two thefts in the contest. Vittetoe pulled down three rebounds, and Zear had two. John Dillon contributed a rebound and a steal, and Coleman also had a steal.

The Washington B team finished the season with a record of 8-3.

“They finished with a good win,” Berhow said. “This group of guys played a lot of quarters throughout the season and gave a strong effort. They made great strides in their individual skills and also played well as a team.”

The Demon C team topped Mt. Pleasant 17-12. Dylan Kinman scored six points to lead Washington, and he also had three rebounds and a steal in the contest. Reid Basten added four points, four rebounds and a steal. Matthew Wheeler had three points to go with five steals and three rebounds, and Michael Dillon had three points, three rebounds and a theft. Jack Carter contributed two points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist, and Sands chipped in one point and two rebounds. Joey Deidrich pulled down a rebound.

The Washington C team ended its season with a record of 5-1-1.

“We saw very good improvement in this group of guys,” Berhow said. “They continued to improve in their understanding of basketball and accepted the instruction of the coaches.”

Overall, Berhow was pleased with the improvement of the players over their two years of middle school basketball.

“Coach [Mike] Roder and I are very proud of how these eighth-graders played,” he said. “They had great attitudes and consistent effort. We have very much enjoyed our time with this group of guys the past two years.”

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