Recap of Meridian Hawks basketball season
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The Meridian Hawks basketball season was comparable to a roller coaster; there were many ups and downs within it. The Hawks started off the season slow losing four of their first five games. Besides the fact that the Hawks started off slow, they also lost Wade Beasley to a finger injury in a conference game against Sullivan. Wade Beasley was just one of the six seniors on the team and was also key role player as one of the five starters. The basketball team finished off the season strong though winning four of their last five games including postseason games.
Braydon Barnes, one of the six four-year basketball players, was disappointed with the way the season went because he claims that they did not play to their best ability every single game, and this caused them to lose some games that they should have won. Barnes says he will miss the adrenaline rush and playing with a good group of guys because he will never get that chance again. When asked if he thought he had completed his team goals he said no. “No because we should of only lost five games in the regular season and went deeper in the postseason,” said Barnes.
He also spoke of the good memories through his four years of basketball, but when asked to pick one he said, “When me and Tyler Albers were going at in practice and we were mad and afterwards everyone told us to quit fighting, and then me and Tyler just looked at each other and laughed because we knew that’s how we played.”
As mentioned earlier, Wade Beasley did not get to have the senior year of basketball he was hoping for. Beasley thought the season went good and bad in different aspects. Good in that they won regionals but bad in that they did not win neither the Okaw Valley Tournament nor the Macon County Tournament.
Wade Beasley, Meridian High School senior, is going to miss a lot about high school basketball. “You can’t replace the atmosphere of high school basketball,” Beasley said in a disappointed voice.
One of Beasley’s biggest accomplishments in high school basketball was winning the Okaw Valley Tournament his junior year of high school. The Hawks were a big underdog that year but shocked the conference by beating the third seed Maroa-Forsyth, the second seed St. Teresa, and the one seed Monticello in the championship game. Beasley had a big role his junior year also being one of the five players that helped the Hawks succeed in the Okaw Valley Tournament.
He also had a collaboration of good memories. From practice…to big games…to the hype…to summer basketball, Beasley was always making good memories with his teammates.
The Hawks will be losing a lot next year considering four of the five starters for the majority of the season were seniors. All though they may have not made it as far as they wanted, they still won a solid 16 games and a regional title.