I can’t believe it’s all over.  All 5 of our teams competed well and made all of us Highlanders proud.  This was the best we’ve ever done at state and the most teams we’ve ever sent so I’m really excited to give everyone the results.

The 4th grade boys did very well at state.  In the end they won a couple games and probably had the most exciting win I’ve ever NOT seen.  Seems like I always miss those exciting games.  They were in a tight battle with minutes to go and we only had 4 players on the court because of foul trouble.  Then it got worse, we fouled out another player leaving 3 players left to try and win the game.  With seconds left in the game and 3 players on the court, Isaac “Big time” Lasoya, drove the length of the court and hit the game winning shot.  Yes, you heard that right, only 3 players left and a 4th grader hit a buzzer beater.  That sums up the year for this team.  They play hard no matter what and did great at state.  Next year we expect to see them in the hunt for the title.

The 5th grade boys team also did great at state finishing 3rd overall.  This team had a great season by finishing 1st during the regular season in Peak and then placing at state.  Forget the fact that this was their first trip to state and weren’t slowed down at all by the gravity of where they were at.  This is a team that we expect to bring home a title next year, no pressure at all.

As you all have probably already heard the 7th grade boys won it all.  Yes that’s right, they are State Champions.  This is their 3rd trip to the state championship game which is a feat that not many, if any, have ever done in the past.  I believe playing in the 8th grade division in the CTL got them ready for this run.  They looked like a fine tuned machine.  In the end they walked through their competition and brought home Hazen Select’s first boys Championship.  We are all very proud of these kids.

The 7th grade girls took a big jump in competition by playing in the Gold division at state.  Since they won the Championship last year in the silver division it was time to go up in competition.  Unfortunately, the teams at this level are very tough, but in the end these ladies brought home a 4th place finish in the toughest division.  I can’t tell you how proud we are of these ladies as every game they played was a close one that could have gone either way.  Plus, placing at state 2 years in a row is a huge feat.

Our 8th grade boys had the best run of any of our 8th grade teams ever.  They ended up going 3-1 overall which is amazing since the 8th grade division is the biggest and toughest to play in at state.  I haven’t received the final results yet but they finished in 5th place at state it looks like.  It was kind of a bummer for these players as they finished 2nd in their pool but you had to go 3-0 to move on to the championship round.  I believe, had they been allowed to move on they might have surprised a few more teams and won it all.

This Friday at 6pm in the Hazen Cafeteria and gym, we will be having our year end banquet.  There will be pizza, prizes, dessert and a whole lot of fun to wrap up the year so please come and celebrate these kids and their success.  Below is an Evite link, please let us know whos coming so we can order the correct amount of pizza.  Thanks and see you Friday!