Hoopsters dribble on
By Roger Cowan
With baseball and softball season knocking on the door, local athletes keep dribbling their way through the competition.
The Nordheim Pirates celebrated a stunning week with wins all the way through. Starting their week on the road against Runge, the Pirates pulled off a 57-49 upset. Returning to their home court on Friday, they continued the winning ways, rolling over Austwell-Tivoli by a final of 59-46.
The Nordheim Lady Pirates also came away with the W over Runge on the 17th, taking their game by a score of 45-33. Returning home Friday to also face Austwell-Tivoli, the Lady Pirates would clobber the Lady Redfish 48-28.
Just to the east of Nordheim, Yorktown would see it Wildcats enjoy a week of outstanding hoops as well. Yorktown would start their week against Louise with a 54-34 win. That same day, the Kitty Kats would sadly fall to Louise by a score of 56-23.
Friday, an almost standing room only crowd filled the gym as both the Kitty Kats and the Wildcats faced off against Flatonia in Yorktown. The Kitty Kats would come up just short at the buzzer, giving Flatonia a 49-21 win. As tension grew and fans became rowdier, the Wildcats would take the court to avenge the Kitty Kats loss.
At one point during the game, it became necessary for Superintendent Gee to speak with one gentleman on the visitor’s side, advising him that he would have to settle down or risk being asked to leave the building. With fans getting louder and louder, and the seconds ticking away, the friction on the court becamse heated as well. One official spent several different moments telling players to calm down and “quit talking” as each score led to some trash talk between opponents. In the end, the Wildcats and their fans proved more than Flatonia could handle, walking away with a 65-55 win.
Though only a few weeks remain in the basketball season, Nordheim and Yorktown athletes are looking to finish their season strong through district play.
The 8th grade Wildcats came up a little short against the Weimar Wildcats on Thursday, with a final score of 35-56.
“I think we came out a little intimidated by their size and it took us a while to settle down and realize we could play with them,” stated Coach Dunnam. “I liked what I saw in the second half because our young men didn’t back down and competed.”