Friday, July 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Warriors get a taste of Spokane

It’s never easy to wrap up a season short of reaching a team’s goals. However, when looking back at the Chief Leschi boys’ basketball season, one can’t help but thinking of this group of Warriors as both winners and an inspiration. Finishing the season with a 20-7 record is a testament to the talent, grit and determination that this team embodied.

Whether it was illnesses, injuries or hundreds of miles of travel covering a string of road games, the Warriors not only hung in there like champs, but they dug deep and found ways to overcome their struggles and wins on the board.
With their senior star guard Yahola Gower sidelined with a bum ankle, the Warriors headed to Spokane with a talented, but young team. It didn’t go as planned, and they were bounced from the tournament after an opening loss against Toledo.

“The Warrior program is back on the map and we are here to stay.”

—Scott Halasz Head coach

“The experience they got this year in districts and state is invaluable,” said head coach Scott Halasz. “We needed this so that we know what it takes to play with the best. We needed the chip on our shoulder and a taste of success to make us work hard in the off-season to get right back to Spokane next year, where we belong. Injuries showed some of our kids that you never know when things can be taken away from you, so you have to live for the moment because you are never promised tomorrow, or in this case, the next game.

“Now we feel over the next three years it is state championship or bust. We have set the bar high and laid a new foundation for Chief Leschi basketball and its future. The Warrior program is back on the map and we are here to stay.”