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Spartans honored for great season

April 3, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Head boys basketball coach Pat Birch had nothing but good things to say at the Boardman Board of Education meeting at the end of March. His team was included among the winter sports being recognized for an outstanding season.

The highlight of the season came in winning streaks. Birch said he wasn't sure of the last big run Spartan history.

"I am not sure if or when the last time was for a 16-game win streak," he told a packed room on March 25. "I know the last team to win 20 games was in 1975."

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
The Spartan boys basketball team took center stage at the March Boardman Board of Education meeting. They were recognized as the AAC champions and turned in an impressive winning streak. Pictured are team members Daeone Martin, Ethan Andersen, Che Trevena and Derrick Anderson. Other varisty players who were unable to make the meeting were Cam Kreps, Shay Eicher, Nick Torres, Charlie Davis, Tommy Fryda, Zach Ryan, and Connor Miller. 

His guys did just that, posting a final record of 20-4.

Birch was also given another highlight for 2019 when he was named NEO District Coach of the Year.

"I was pretty surprised to be chosen," he said. "There are a lot of great coaches that award covers and to be picked is a tremendous honor. It is an acknowledgement of our coaching staff and the hard work they put in."

With the season over, Birch is now looking towards the next season.

"We will be losing four seniors in Cam Kreps, Che Trevena, Shay Eicher and Nick Torres.," he said. "Kreps and Trevena were starters. Their leadership will be difficult to replace. However we are confident that the returning juniors will be more than capable of filling the void."

He also mentioned the reason most of his team didn't show at the meeting was because of their involvement in a spring sport. Birch said having multi-sport athletes is always more of an advantage that not.

"Sometimes scheduling is tough but overall having kids who know how to compete is well worth any minor issue that comes along with multi-sport athletes," Birch said.



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