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The Sage Publication is the student news site of Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, CA

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The Sage Publication is the student news site of Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, CA

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JV Boys Basketball Ends the Season By Making History

Photo by Gavin Graff
An empty entrance to the Bobcat Arena marking the end of another basketball season.

Three months of hard work and determination, hours and hours of practice and 22 tests of their skills and ability. All of this time to reach history for JV boys basketball at Sage Creek with a perfect record of 22-0.

JV is traditionally seen as the underdog compared to varsity but have now made their own mark and became not only known around the Sage Creek campus but around the entirety of San Diego.

“We are all very excited because it was one of our goals to go undefeated this year, if we would have lost our last game, it would have not been very fun so we were all pretty emotional in the locker room,” sophomore Zack Chandler stated.

Furthermore, Coach DeAndre Walker believes that this class of sophomores will only progress to greater lengths due to the group’s performance last year as freshmen and their astonishing efforts.

“My original expectations this year coaching JV were to win and have an above-average season. Being that the majority of this year’s JV team played on [the] freshmen team last year I expected us to play good basketball [since] last year’s freshman team was amazing,” Walker said.

Photo by Gavin Graff
Former JV captain and sophomore Carson Olander shoots a free throw during CIF against Madison High School.

As the expectations were high, the boys did not only face emotional challenges but physical challenges as well throughout the season.

“We had some tough games, we went to overtime twice, the most challenging part was going undefeated with all of those games cause you could have one or two slip-ups where you could have a bad game, but we pushed through and managed to push through all of them,” Chandler said.

With a full squad of hard-working athletes on their way to varsity next year, junior varsity basketball player, James Ellenstein, expresses his excitement for the following season.  

“I’m really looking forward to next season, it is going to definitely help to have guys from a winning team up with us,” Ellenstein said.

Although the boys may have struggled with the challenges, Walker had a different perspective.

I believe we have all the pieces to make it happen next year.

— Coach DeAndre Walker

“To be honest, [I] never really thought about the challenges. [I] tried my best to approach it one game at a time and never really focused on the record,” Walker said.

Overall, as this season comes to an end, Walker’s mindset is only looking towards the development and future of the boys basketball program.

“With some key guys stepping up for varsity next season. Looking to take home another CIF title next year. I believe we have all the pieces to make it happen next year.”

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Boyce Hartsell, Staff Reporter
Boyce Hartsell is a senior at Sage Creek and a student reporter for The Sage. While not writing for The Sage, Boyce loves to play drums and play gigs around Carlsbad while also driving above the speed limit.
Gavin Graff, Staff Reporter
Gavin Graff is a staff reporter for The Sage. This is his third year with the class and his fourth year doing journalism. He hopes to further grow the program with his skills in broadcast journalism and writing.

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