Lukas Hier (11), Houston Bradeson (15) and Gabe Helmer (24) defend their basket against Highlands on Tuesday, January 14. (Scotty Slater)
Lukas Hier (11), Houston Bradeson (15) and Gabe Helmer (24) defend their basket against Highlands on Tuesday, January 14.

Scotty Slater

Boys Varsity Basketball Swipes Section Title, Marches On to Playoffs

An update on the VCHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team

February 6, 2020

The VCHS boys varsity basketball team’s league season is drawing to a close, initiating a new phase in this adventure: it’s almost time for playoffs. The program earned a section title last year. As of today, boys varsity is sitting in 2nd place in league with 6 wins and 2 losses. Overall, these 10 Falcons have a record of 13 wins and 10 losses. They’ve done so well in fact, that Coach David Kuch reported a large amount of emails and comments from coaches and fans, praising the Falcons for their athleticism and demeanor on the court.  

“As a coach, you get what’s dealt to you,” Coach Kuch said. “We try to focus on the athlete’s strengths, some being their dedication to the sport, chemistry on the court, and bonding as a team.” 

Many fans attend our basketball league games, which can cause players to either be more nervous or get more fired up. The game environment is always loud with the hustle and bustle of fans, players, refs, and coaches, all meandering before the game starts around the food booth. However, the chanting when someone sinks a 3 is extravagant to witness, and unfortunate to miss! Who’s the loudest, you may ask? Well, that depends if Coach Kuch brought the giant drums or not.

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My favorite part of basketball is playing with my friends and hopefully winning another section championship”

— Houston Bradeson

On January 14, the Falcons were in a neck and neck battle with Highlands, trading basket for basket. It wasn’t looking good for us, but as fans cheered away,  a late 3 point shot made by Bradeson extended their lead to 3 ahead of Highlands, securing the victory that night, and handing Highlands their first defeat in league. This pivotal win bumped the Falcons up to a tie for 1st place in the Sierra Delta League.

“Our whole team played well that night,” Captain Houston Bradeson said. “We played great defense and clutched the game, coming out with another victory under our belt.”

It’s not only the competitive aspect of this sport that drives our athletes to play, basketball also encapsulates the team-building and cooperative bonding that a sports team should capture. Mr Kuch says that part of what he does as a coach is coaching the sport; the rest is devoted to teaching valuable life and military principles, where it’s all about teamwork.

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My favorite part of playing basketball is the competition in close games and travelling with my teammates”

— Lukas Hier

“We’re becoming more of a team and we’re building a better chemistry.  I’m proud to be a part of a team who won a section championship,” senior player Lukas Hier said. “When we make it to the playoffs we’ll try to make another push for a section title.”

With only 2 league games left, the Falcons are gearing up to face off other boys varsity basketball teams during playoffs which begin Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The Falcons face Linden at home for the final Friday night game on Feb. 7. JV boys play at 4:30, girls varsity at 6, and boys varsity at 7:30. Cost is free for students with IDs. Final league game of the season is Tuesday, February 11, when the Falcons play San Juan and celebrate Senior Night.


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