Arlee Warriors end season upbeat
HAMILTON – Though the Warriors have ended their season, there’s no head hanging to be found from this determined group of hardwood heroes.
The Warriors finished with a second place trophy at the 14-C District Tournament and then followed with a third place at Divisionals, which put the team in a position to challenge for a spot at State.
Arlee played Drummond at the challenge game on Monday, March 3, which ended in a 59-62 defeat for Arlee. While the Warriors came out of the first quarter on fire, Drummond’s Trojans took over and outscored the Warriors in each of the quarters that followed — but not without a battle.
“It was one of the best games I have ever seen,” Coach Zanen Pitts said. “Defense was phenomenal.”
Freshman Tyler Tanner high scored both teams with 20 points and Josh Reed added 16.
Pitts says his four seniors really came together and “molded the foundation” for the team while the younger players continued to learn and improve throughout the season. He is optimistic about next season and believes they have a shot at repeating the glory that comes from hard work and dedication.
With young players like Tanner showing they can keep up with the big boys, Arlee will be bringing postseason experience to the table. “I told them to take this feeling and use it every day,” Pitts said about their wins. “Next year will be a big rebuilding year, but if we break it down and take it back to basics, I think we’ll do ok.”
Despite the season ending for the Warriors, good memories have been made among their teammates and fans. As for first-year Coach Pitts, he couldn’t be more proud of his Warriors. “The boys made it easy,” he said. “They’re one classy set of kids.”
Results from challenge game
Arlee 23 11 10 15 – 59
Drummond 11 15 19 17 – 62
Tyler Tanner 20, Josh Reed 16, Justis Haynes 11, Patrick BigSam 8, PJ Haynes 2, Dominic Burland 2.