The White Pine High boys basketball team got its first basketball win of the season Dec. 7, a 57-52 win over Utah Military Academy of Camp Williams, at a tournament in West Wendover.
Individual stats for the Bobcats were not posted. Both teams played it fairly close with Utah holding a 38-33 advantage going into the fourth quarter. But a 24-point outburst by the Bobcats led to their come from behind win.
The next day the boys played Roland Halls-St. Marks of Salt Lake City and got blown out pretty good, 70-23. Oscar Percy and Isaiah Adams led the way for the Lions with 17 and 12 points respectively. Again, stats for White Pine were not posted.
Earlier in the season, the Bobcats played in the Serpent Classic in Hawthorne and lost to Mineral County. 82-28. and Yerington. 67-33. Another game in Hawthorne was not reported.
Coach Terrill Trask said, “We have no seniors this year and are a really young team that I am working to build with for the future.”
The main returning players are juniors Phoenix Ball, Devin Starkey, Austin Andre and Jaden Brewer. Ball and Starkey are the two returning starters from last year’s team. Shea Simon is a starter this year as a sophomore.
Trask said this season with his young team he is, “working on developing the culture for us to be hard working and slowly building my two-year plan. I think we will be able to be competitive in league, even though the 2A North is known for being very tough.”
Battle Mountain was last year’s 2A state runner up.
He added, “We had 30 kids turn out for basketball and I have a really good freshman squad and an excellent 8th grade class for next year we can use to build on.”
White Pine opened league play this week, Dec.11, hosting West Wendover and Battle Mountain Dec. 15.
Dec. 20-21 the boys will be on the road for league matches at Pershing County and newcomer Coral Academy of Science in Reno.
The Lady Bobcats were off this past week and started up again also on Tuesday this week for a league match with West Wendover.
They play Lincoln County on Dec. 13, then go with the boys on the road trip to Pershing County and Coral Academy.