To say the Heritage Hills boys basketball team has been on a tear recently would be an understatement. Dating back to last year, the Patriots have won 26 in a row.
"We are really happy where we are at and we are just going to keep focusing in on getting better every day," said Heritage Hills Head Basketball Coach Nate Hawkins.
"After the shut down last year, we were really eager to go back out and play again," said Heritage Hills Senior Blake Sisley. "We just picked it up, built our chemistry, and we are doing a lot of good things right now."
The team continues to have success despite losing several key pieces from last year's squad including North Spencer's all time leading scorer Murray Becher.
"Those five Seniors that we lost last year were great players," said Heritage Hills Senior Jake Johnson. "Us Seniors we had to get ready for this year. We weren't sure if were going to have a season this year, so we just kept working in hopes that we would. Each Senior on the team can play, and even the underclassmen. We try to go deep with our squad and make sure everyone is ready to play."
"A lot of people were counting us out," said Sisley. "We had some guys step up this year, and we have seven Seniors on the roster. A lot of older leadership, and some new pieces will make us a great team this year."
The Pats believed last year was their year to go all the way. But the state tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic and that experience has served as a reminder to enjoy every practice and game.
"We had a little off period, but we got some guys together to prep for this year," said Johnson. "We played games in the Fall, and let the Fall athletes play their games, but the rest of us we came in here, scrimmaged, did drills, and got ready for this season."
"We know every game we play, we are just lucky to be out there," said Sisley. "That can be taken from us any time, so we put forth all of our effort and that is our mentality throughout this season."