Boy’s Basketball Road to STATE

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Boy’s Basketball Road to STATE

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This season, the Jackets went 30-6, holding the #8 spot in the state. With an average of 70.4 points per game, the Jackets are now on a 5-game winning streak after beating the #4 ranked team in the state, Shoemaker. The Jackets battled long and hard to finish on top, 58-57. “We have been in tough and close games all year so we weren’t phased by any of it,” Sherman Brashear said. “We all just come together and even become closer in those situations.”

The team this year was built on the backbone of brotherhood. “Just playing alongside my brothers. We’ve accomplished a lot of things this season and it’s been really fun improving and working each and every day,” said Will Bartoszek, #20. “I loved the challenge of taking on a bigger role. My first year on varsity, I wasn’t expecting too, but whatever it takes to help the team win.”

Senior Q&A:

Sam Williamson, #10

Q: What has your senior season meant to you?

A: “It’s been bittersweet playing one last season with my brothers who I’ve been playing with for years. This season has been a lot of fun and I’m going to miss being a Yellowjacket.”

Q: What was it like being selected as a McDonald’s All-American?

A: “It meant the world to me to be selected as a McDonald’s All-American. It’s something I’ve dreamt of since I was a little kid and to see it come true is unreal.”

Q: What will you miss most about high school basketball?

A: “What I will most about high school basketball is going out and competing with my brothers for my hometown team.”

Alec Grandstaff, #1

Q: What keeps the team going hard and strong during tough moments?

A: “We’ve all put in a lot of work on and off the court, building friendships and holding each other accountable to be the best as individuals and as a team.”

Q: What is one thing that has left a lasting impression on you this season?

A: “Throughout the four years at Rockwall, I’ve built a lot of mental and physical toughness. The coaching staff did a really good job of helping me exceed my limits.

Q: What will you miss most about high school basketball?

A: “I’ll for sure miss my teammates. We’ve built a bond that will last a lifetime, but I’ll also miss our student section, they gave us a lot of energy when we really needed it.”

Josh Wesley, #2

Q: What made this season so impactful?

A: “Us coming together as a team and playing as one unit. Without our ability to play so well together, we probably wouldn’t have made it this far.”

Q: How has the team changed you for the better?

A: “They taught me not to get down on myself when things get hard, but to stay with it because things can change the next play.”

Q: What keeps your head up and strong during hard games?

A:“The confidence that my team has in me and the support of my coaches.”

The seniors have made this season one to remember but they are not ready to back down yet. Tonight, the Yellowjackets play Klein Forest at Ellis Davis Field House @ 6pm. “The game plan going into tonight’s game is to play our game and lock up defensively,” Brashear said.

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