Packer Pelicans Pushing For Progress
Has this basketball season been Packer’s best? Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have gone farther into the playoffs than ever before. The girls placed first in the ACIS and AAIS, but sadly fell in the quarterfinals of the NYSAIS championship. The boys’ season ended just as well, finishing second in NYSAIS and first in the ACIS, making this Packer’s most successful season yet.
Packer’s recent success can be attributed to a number of factors. On the girls team, most of the players have played together for a long time, leading to good team chemistry and hard work.
“The hard work, the familiarity, and the trust that the players have with each other really was a key to their success,” explained girls coach Russell Tombline.
The girls worked hard and it greatly paid off this year, making history by going so far in the NYAIS and ACIS tournaments.
The girls “were really pushed by Russell, which really played a contributing factor,” said point guard Jolie Krebs (’20).
Similarly, boys’ starting small forward Michael Dickey (’18) said that the team’s “teamwork and communication both on and off the court had a lot to do with it.”
The boys had an incredible season, making it to the NYAIS finals and only losing by three points. With this undoubtedly great talent, the only question now is will it last?
“We’re losing a lot of seniors who are key players, but I think that with the upcoming freshman and sophomore class, Packer will be good again. It may just take some time,” said PJ Young (’19), a junior varsity player.
With nearly all of the boys’ starting lineup and a good amount of the bench players, graduating this year, Packer will have a long road ahead of them to get back into the swing of things.
When asked if the success would last, Wiley Turner (’18) said, “Next year, maybe, but the year after that, they’re going to be trash.”
Many of the students are optimistic about the future for basketball. For the boys, however, there was a bit of a discrepancy between the players and the coach about this year’s success.
George Boutis also gave his own opinion if his winning team.
“We have a lot of kids graduating, two players have knee injuries, and only two players have varsity experience, so next year will truly be a rebuilding year for us,” said Mr. Boutis.
These teams have been, arguably, the best teams in Packer history. We will see if Packer can continue to dominate in basketball.