Smiles and fresh white T-shirts covered a collection of Bucs 8U boys this winter as the Bucs 8U Warriors earned a county championship with a 10-0 county record.
Playing together for a third season, the Bucs 8U team of Austin Quick, Alex Rivera, Brooks Burris, Kaden Whittington, Corey Malloy, Cash Beck, Brandon Bessling, Justin Turner, Eli Ferguson and Tyler Smith put in hard work to go unbeaten throughout the county season.
“The kids put in a lot of hard work, practicing two days a week for two hours at a time, then playing games on Saturday morning,” said head coach Wayne Bessling, who coached the team with assistant coaches Adam Smith, Josh Larkin and Tony Harley. “They kids became good friends and hang out together outside of the gym. My perspective of the kids, I’ve never seen or been around a group of kids with such heart and determination to succeed. All the kids left everything on the court and scrapped and clawed for every loose ball and every shot and rebound. We played together as a team and succeed as a team.”