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    Pictured from left are back row: Chris Johnson, Corey Pargmann, Dane Webb, Russell Morehead, and Drew Alexander. Bottom: Kalen Barefield, Luke Romans and Josh Garcia. Photo contributed by Karissa E Photography

Wildcats finish up season

By Robert Proctor

Yorktown News-View

Yorktown Wildcat basketball have garnered quite the reputation over the past four seasons, making the postseason in each of those years. The wins and losses, though, don’t tell the entire story. Most recently, their 2019-2020 season came to a close against Falls City (59-58) in bi-district.

It wasn’t expected by any means, but nevertheless, the foundation has firmly been set for the future of Wildcat basketball. “It took all season to get where we needed to be,” coach Jeremy Bailey said three days after the loss to Falls City. More than that, it had been a culmination of the four seasons.

In that time, Yorktown had won 70 games and lost 55 for a winning percentage of 56. Sandwiched between two first round exits this year and in 2017, the Wildcats reached the regional quarterfinals in 2018 and the area round last year. They also won a district title in 2018, while finishing second the past two seasons.

This season, everything looked to be pointing to even greater success. That first round loss to Falls City, though, doesn’t automatically equate to a non-memorable season.

“We had high hopes and dreams,” Bailey said.

“They poured everything they had into the game. They still love each other, and I think that’s why the sting of defeat hurts more, because they did give everything they had."

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