The KO middle school boys A basketball team completed a near-perfect season this year finishing with a record of 7-1. Overall, the team had a dominant and strong 2021-22 season.
Coach Kyle Chapman was very pleased with the boys’ effort this season. “Everyone on the team works hard,” he said. “However, [eighth-grade point guards] Tadhg Dillow and Sawyer Burtman consistently are the hardest working players on the team.”
Throughout the season, the A team won easily against many teams. Coach Chapman noted, however, that the toughest opponent they faced was Indian Mountain. “Indian Mountain put us on the mat, and we had to get up and we did, but they were definitely our toughest opponent,” he said. The team went on to win by 11 after a dominant performance in overtime headlined by eighth-grade small forward Greyson Pierce. “That first timeout in the Indian Mountain game when we were down 17,” he said. “ I could look in everyone’s eyes and see who was going to show me what they were made of, and they did so that was probably my favorite memory,” Mr. Chapman added.
One of Coach Chapman’s favorite things about this specific season was being able to be back after the COVID-19 pandemic restricted the team last year. “It feels great,” he said.
Though Coach Chapman guided the A team to their success this season, the players deserve immense credit for their performances as well. One of these star players is Pierce, who stands at 6 foot 5. Through Pierce’s time with the team this year, he thinks eighth grader Tyler Brown and Burtman are the easiest people on the team to play with. “They can do it all,” he said. “They can score, pass, and set up the offense and the defense.”
Pierce’s favorite play this season was his game tying bucket to send it to overtime in the Indian Mountain game. “It was my favorite play because we came back in that game and it felt really good to hit the clutch shot,” he said.
Pierce has improved his skills this season. Most importantly, though, he thinks he has improved his mental toughness this season as well. “Coach Chapman has helped me a lot with this and so have my teammates,” he said.
One of the other stars of the team is Burtman, who has a favorite teammate to be on the floor with. “[I play well with eighth grader] Pratt [Blair] because he’s a team player, he gets the rebounds, and he is a key part of our team because he hustles,” he said.
Burtman also experienced many exciting moments this season. “My favorite play this season was Greyson’s first in-game dunk,” he said. “We are a well rounded team. We have players at every position that know how to play basketball and even our bench is good, so we always have good basketball players on the court,” he added.
The team had a great season overall and is looking forward to building off of this season’s momentum and repeating their success next year.