April 22, 2024

Border West state berth still significant despite going 0-2

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Brooke Kern

Grant County Herald

The Border West Buccaneers earned its first state berth in its inaugural season of the sponsored cooperative between Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Wheaton and Herman-Norcross. It’s a first in 102 years since any team within the co-op reached the state boys basketball tournament.

“We had a really nice season last year and we were hoping to continue with that this year, and then we had the co-op and we knew we got some extra guys,” Border West basketball coach Jordon Roos told John Millea of MSHSL’s John’s Journal. “So we had high expectations, but we had never seen a team (get to state) from our areas. Give these guys a lot of credit, they came into the season with high expectations and they really lived up to them because it doesn’t always happen that way.”

At state this past week, the Bucs fell to Cherry in the Class A State Quarterfinal Wednesday, then fell to eventual consolation champion Nevis in the consolation semifinals Thursday to end the season 26-4.

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