After an extraordinary season, the boys varsity basketball team ended with an impressive record of 17-6 and is looking ahead to their final playoff games of this season.
Led by Head Coach Brad Seaman and ranked in the top four in NEPSAC Class B rankings and in the top 30 across all NEPSAC classes, the Wyverns boys basketball team has come to know success.
The regular season ended with a streak of wins for the Wyverns. On Feb. 13, the Wyverns won against Beaver Country Day School with a score of 56-43. Then, on Feb. 17, the Wyverns earned an 81-43 win against Kent School, following that with a 66-35 win over Hoosac School on Feb. 18. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Wyverns had an incredible game against Canterbury School winning with a score of 75-63, playing a very strong game on their home court.
Despite their strong season, the boys fell to Brooks School in the first round of the NEPSAC Class B championships on Wednesday, March 1. After leading by 20 points at halftime, Brooks mounted a comeback and that unfortunately ended the Wyverns strong season earlier than they had hoped.
Senior point guard Jacob Joseph thinks the season has gone extremely well. “We have all improved a lot and learned from one another on how we can succeed in different ways,” Joseph said.
Likewise, freshman guard DJ Biggins has really enjoyed the season while being around his teammates because they are like family to him. Junior center Chuck Hare agreed. “I had a lot of fun bonding with the team and playing hard together,” he said.
Senior shooting guard Nate Rapp is proud of the team’s progress. “We were able to beat the teams we should’ve while also being able to learn from our losses against some very good Class A teams and earn a home seed for the Class B playoffs,” he said.
Senior point guard Chase Fountain has loved his time on the team. “This year was full of excitement,” Fountain said. “I loved playing with my teammates every day, and I played for a great coach that cares about me more than just basketball.”
Though new to the team this year, Hare has loved his time on the squad and is looking forward to next year already. “I am just thankful to be able to be a part of the team and the community,” he said. “I learned a lot this year and had a great time.”
As a senior, Joseph hopes that in his last year on the varsity basketball team, he leaves the team with a good example. “I hope my teammates learn how to be a positive leader, and how to encourage one another and push each other to be our best selves both as basketball players and as people,” he said.
Fountain hopes the impact he left on the team is to be the best team player you can be and to always provide great positive energy.
Similarly, Rapp hopes to leave an impact of both hard work and fun. “I hope that the underclassmen have learned that practice can be a place of both hard work and fun,” he said.
Coach Seaman is beyond satisfied with the progress made this season. “I think the season has gone incredibly well and was successful by design,” he said. “It’s been a very fun ride with a great group of kids.”
Overall, the KO boys varsity basketball team has completed the 2022-2023 winter season with promising development, exciting victories, and a strong spirit of teamwork. The foundations they built this year are something that will prove to be extremely important as they continue down the road to success in the following years.