Region Champs and Striving For More

Story by Jack Essenburg, Walker Valley Freshman

Walker Valley’s 2015-2016 Men’s basketball team sure has been playing well—firing on all cylinders. They are passionate about what they do, and every player on the roster will do their role to the best of their ability to get the win.

The Mustangs came out on top in a tightly contested ball game last night in Cookeville, claiming the region title. Senior Josh Jones was named the MVP of the game Thursday night, scoring 16 points. Josh showed a clutch performance and was the guy Walker Valley wanted at the free throw line, going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Walker Valley showed maximum effort in the third quarter, giving up only six points on the defensive end of the court and going on a key run on offense. The Mustangs showed improvement on communicating late in the game, playing as a unit and getting the job done.

Coach Bob Williams will continue to push his players to get better even with it being late in the season. Coach has done an excellent job with these players all season long, and it is obvious that everyone on the team is willing to fight to make it to the state tourney which would give this season a picture-perfect ending.

The way the team lays it all out on the line and fights for the name across their jerseys is truly inspiring. The boys show great leadership on and off the court, and set good examples for Freshman and JV basketball players.  As a member of the Freshman team, I hope to go through the rest of high school showing how to play with all my heart just like these players do now.

The Mustangs will host Lawrence County in the sub-state matchup on Monday here on our home court. We will need everyone to come out and watch this team continue their quest toward the state title. Senior player Kenny Bunton was asked about the significance of this game and stated, “It’s going to be a huge game! This is the first time we’ve won region since 2009 and we have a real chance at going to state. We need everyone’s support.”

Everybody come out and pack the gym, and let the Mustangs hear you on Monday, March 7, at 7 P.M.


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