At eight o’clock on February 13, the WA Knights men and women’s basketball teams left Wisconsin Academy to go to Union. They would be leaving for the Mid-American Union Basketball Tournament.
When they finally reached Union College, everyone welcomed the opportunity to stretch their legs and relax. Soon after arriving, the Knights headed off to their various sleeping quarters. Both teams had two games the next day and needed their rest.
The girls’ game was first at 9:30 and the boys would be tagging along to cheer on the Lady Knights. The girls played well, and played their hearts out, but ended up falling to Maplewood 20-44. The guys played against the Sunnydale Spartans at 10:30.There game was relatively even until the Knights missed their chance to win in the last ten seconds. The game went into overtime, and the Spartans pulled ahead and won the game by a score of 66-62. Darien Stewart ’13 said, “You win some, and you lose some. We need to work on our free throws if we want to win more games.” The guys’ next game against Dakota Adventist Academy started off hot and then turned into a blowout, with the Knights defeating Dakota by a score of 51-34. The girls’ next game was also against Dakota. Even though they could not come up with a victory, they played very well as a team.
On Friday, the guys played Mile High Adventist Academy, and the girls also played Mile High. The guys went into the Mile High game with a lot of excitement and energy. They also displayed excellent sportsmanship, especially Knights captain, Rashid Jones ‘13. The Knights went on to win the game 67-45. The girls also displayed great sportsmanship in their game despite their loss. The teams headed back to their dorms to get ready for a vespers concert by Phil Wickham.
Everyone had a chance to relax on Sabbath before the tournament games that night. The girls played Sunnydale at 7:30 PM and the guys played Maplewood at 10 PM. The girls once again played very hard, but wound up losing by a score of 28-6. “Even though we lost, it was fun because a lot of the other teams came and cheered for us, and that felt nice,” said Emily Hangartner ‘13.
The guys’ game really challenged both teams. Maplewood ended up edging the Knights by a score of 69-67, despite an incredible performance by sophomore guard Jacob Crockett, who scored 31 points. “It was amazing, even though we lost” said Crockett. “I felt like Michael Jordan in the flu game.”
Even though both teams were out of the tournament, the trip was not quite over. At eleven the next day, all the teams at the tournament gathered in the gym for the awards ceremony. The girls’ second team all-tournament selections were Maly Vang ‘15 and Michaela Wilson ‘14. The first team selection went to Alexandra Ufret ‘13. The guys’ second team selections were Jacob Crockett and Darien Stewart, while first team went to Rashid Jones. The girls’ team also won the spirit award, which went to the team with the best attitude and sportsmanship. The guys came in second place for the men’s spirit award. After the ceremony, the teams loaded back on the bus and began the journey back home. Josh Grant ’13 said, “It was an amazing experience, and I’m glad I got to spend it with my teammates.”
~ Sam Bruntz, Class of 2016