Saturday, December 16, 2017
Account Login  
Username
Password

  need help?  
 
Search By Keyword
Breaking News Alerts
Email Alerts
Email Address
Text Alerts
Mobile Number
 )  - 
Mobile Provider
standard messaging rates apply
STATE SEMIFINAL--The Levelland Lobos basketball season came to an end at the State Tournament in San Antonio last weekend. The Lobos got off to a slow start against Silsbee and were never able to recover. The Lobos fell to the Tigers, 89-47. Levelland finished the season with a 25-11 record, which included playoff wins over Pampa, Seminole, Lamesa, Kennedale and Abilene Wylie. Pictured front row, kneeling from left to right are: Triston Montgomery, Cameron Gonzales and Nick Gerber, (middle row,
 

By Joshua Landrum

The Levelland Lobos basketball season came to an end at the State Tournament in San Antonio last weekend.

The Lobos got off to a slow start against Silsbee and were never able to recover. The Lobos fell to the Tigers, 89-47.

Levelland finished the season with a 25-11 record, which included playoff wins over Pampa, Seminole, Lamesa, Kennedale and Abilene Wylie.

"Well, obviously, I am disappointed we did not compete a little better, but I am proud of the team," explained Coach Jeff Bontrager.

"Being able to share all those moments on the journey there was an awesome experience," added the coach.

"All the credit goes to Silsbee. They are a good team and executed well," Bontrager continued.

"The pressure they applied led to some really easy baskets, and I think that was the biggest difference in the game," he stated.

The Lobo careers of Kentton Williams and Lukas Bontrager came to an end after Friday’s loss.

"When you know it is their last game, it is a pretty emotional thing, especially when you know they helped you get there," said Bontrager.

"It was a pretty tough locker room after the game Friday," he added.

"I have already been thinking about what we need do better next year, because we want to get back there," he said.

"Even though we have a lot of players coming back, no team is the same," he continued. "Things you think players picked up last year, you are coaching all over again. That is why this team was so special this year."

"We had a regional team return with a lot of expectations, and I think we reached a point in the middle of the season where we realized nothing would be handed to us," the coach explained.

"I think we will come into next year with even higher expectations. I mean, we entered this season as the number six team in the state and finished unranked."

"We had a tough schedule that got us ready for the playoffs and we will trade losses for a trip to state any day," he said.

Bontrager shared his thoughts on this season and what the Lobos were able to accomplish.

"Like I have said before, with all of the hurdles and obstacles we had this season," he stated. "I am really proud of the resiliency and fight this team showed throughout the year."

"It takes a certainty mental toughness to get past those things and, obviously, they did that," said the coach.

"When you advance that far, you definitely notice the support and enthusiasm from the community and extended communities," he stated.

"I had family come from St. Louis, Dallas and Indiana to support us," he said.

"The amount of support we have received has been humbling and it gives you a special feeling," he explained.

"Seeing that sea of red put a smile on my face. I just wish we could have given them more to talk about," says Bontrager.

"Now, that I have been there once, there are things I now understand and the moment will not seem so surreal," Bontrager said. "You try to make it as normal as possible, but when you walk onto that floor, it is anything but normal," concluded Bontrager.


Visitor Comments
 


Current Conditions
38°
Clear
Levelland
Radar & More >>
Advertisers
click ad below for details
  • Show All Ads