These Miners know how to ball

Print Article

Photo by Josh McDonald Wallace basketball players Zack Welch, Erik Brackebusch, Maryssa Hogamier, Sierra Brantz, Hunter Gust, and Matt Farkas were all named to the North Star League all-league team.

Six student-athletes from Wallace High School were recently named to the two North Star League all-league teams.

Seniors Maryssa Hogamier and Sierra Brantz were named to the lady’s team and then for the boys, sophomores Erik Brackebusch and Zack Welch and juniors Hunter Gust and Matt Farkas were all named to the teams and they all definitely earned the honors.

The girls were faced with a tough schedule, but they made the most of it and by the end of the season they were a formidable group who just barely missed qualifying for the state tournament.

“We played well all season and even in that last game we came out hard and played well, we just ran out of energy at the end,” Brantz said.

That loss to Troy in the play-in game was tough to swallow for the girls, who, in their opinion had faced much better competition throughout the year.

“They weren’t the best team we played, St. Maries was probably the toughest, Kellogg was up there too, but we just came out a little flat in the second half,” Hogamier said.

Despite the tough finish, the girls will remember the season fondly.

“We were such a good team, we worked well together,” Hogamier said.

Brantz followed that statement up with one her own.

“We were drama free and it made it really easy for us to work together,” Brantz said.

Next season, Wallace will be tasked with replacing their starting point guard and their leading scorer, but for the remaining girls both Hogamier and Brantz had advice for their teammates.

“Don’t ever give up, even if you get behind or begin struggling,” Brantz said. “Coach Lund never gave up on us, so you should never give up on your team.”

Hogamier’s response was more tailored to the individual players.

“Be selfless on the court, don’t let anybody get in your head,” Hogamier said.

The Miner boys ran the gauntlet this season, as they were handed their toughest schedule in years, but they definitely made the most of it.

Games against Kellogg, Genesis Prep, St. Maries, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Orofino, and Lapwai dotted their schedule and battle tested them so that they could be ready at the end of the year for whatever team they drew in their play-in game.

What makes this group of boys different than most other teams in North Idaho is that they had four all-league players and will not lose a single one of them to graduation.

The way their season ended though, irritated them, but it made them hungry to get back to work.

“It was definitely disappointing to lose that game to Genesee,” Farkas said.

“We were winning at halftime and we just ran out of gas,” Welch said.

“Normally we are a second-half team, but we just didn’t have it that day,” Brackebusch said.

Even though they had been eliminated, most of the team made the trek to the state tournament in Boise earlier this month anyway, just so they could take in the experience and see what it is that they want to accomplish and it made them even hungrier.

“We watched the team that got out spot(Wilder), and we were better than them,” Gust said.

Farkas, the surgical point forward of the team was candid on what he thinks is going to be the thing that pushes the Miners to the next level.

“We need to get better defensively,” Farkas said. “We played a lot of games where we definitely scored enough to win, but we didn’t finish the game defensively.”

Brackebusch echoed that statement.

“We need to take the games a little more seriously if we want to finish them,” Brackebusch said.

“Coach says before every game that we need effort and attitude, I think we had the effort, but not always the right attitude to finish games.”

The Miners enjoyed a solid season though, something Gust equates to a coaching addition that helped balance the team.

“Coach (Corey) Miller is great and I love playing for him and I think him bringing Coach (Josh) Hemphill was great because he really gets on you and is intense when we need that,” Gust said. “Both are great because they tell you like it is, but having the contrasting styles definitely helped a lot.”

Coach Miller stuck to a pretty tight rotation this past year, but next year Welch believes more guys will get minutes and it will definitely be a good thing for the team.

“We aren’t losing anyone and we have some players who are pretty good coming into the program,” Welch said. “We had one game without Hunter (Gust) so Hully (Logan Hull) had to play all game and he did pretty well, so I think we’ll be even better next year.”

Print Article

Read More Sports

Sweep Caroline!

October 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Shoshone News-Press Survive and advance, that is what the Wildcats game plan was on Monday night when they knocked off Coeur d’Alene Charter in three sets (25-19, 25-12, & 25-18), what they didn’t expect was just ho...

Comments

Read More

Wallace earns hard fought win on senior night

October 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Shoshone News-Press WALLACE — The Wallace High School Volleyball team wrapped up regular season play last Friday when the defeated the Genesis Prep Jaguars in an exciting five-set battle. This win was the second gam...

Comments

Read More

Dig Pink Night continues to raise awareness

October 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Shoshone News-Press Tuesday was Dig Pink Night at Kellogg High School and the students and staff from both KHS and Wallace Jr/Sr High School got in on the inspirational fun. Dig Pink Night is a Kellogg High School fund...

Comments

Read More

Wildcats exercise football demons against Timberlake

October 11, 2017 at 12:01 am | Shoshone News-Press Football • Friday, Oct. 6 Kellogg 32, Timberlake 14: 15-0 … Since 2001, that was Timberlake’s record against Kellogg in football. 1-0 … Kellogg’s record against Timberlake in football s...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 752-1120
620 E Mullan Ave.
P.O. Box 589
Osburn, Idaho 83849

©2017 Shoshone News Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X