A valiant season came to an end for the Lakeview High School boys basketball on Friday, Feb. 22.
Having fought their way through the year, continually sharpening their skills and performance, they made it all the way to the first round of the state playoffs. Played at Tualatin against Horizon Christian, the match up already looked difficult from the beginning.
After the Honkers clenched a victory on Tuesday, Feb. 12 against St. Mary’s, who tied them in second place within the district, Lakeview was ensured a spot in the playoffs.
The next bout was against the Cascade Christian Challengers to see in what seed the teams would advance. The Honkers lost by 20 points to the top district team, meaning they would start the post season tournament as a second seed.
The Hawks of Horizon Christian were ranked the number one team in the state with an undefeated record through their whole regular season. And while they ended up besting Lakeview, 89-70, Head Coach Cody Blair was extremely proud of his team’s performance.
“I think we played the best ball we have played all year,” he said. Falling behind in the first quarter, but keeping up throughout the rest of the game and outscoring the Hawks in the fourth, Blair felt that the Honkers kept pace with their technically out ranked opponents.
All year long, he expressed a desire for the ever-growing team to peak at the very end of the year. “I think we did that,” he said. “They are a great bunch of guys.”
Of course, losing is never the goal of a team. “The seniors were really upset by it, because it was their last chance to head to state,” he said, but he was still able to find silver linings among the weekend clouds. “I was really glad to take them all there and give them that experience. I even took extra students from JV to act as managers and to video the game.”