by Ryne Preheim
This year’s Immanuel Boys Basketball team has acquired new members to their staff and team. Josh Justin (Immanuel Biology teacher) and Nate McClurg are new additions to this year’s varsity head coaching staff. The team has also acquired some new players: C.J. Dodd: Point Guard and Chris Bailey: Guard, Forward Lance Henderson: Forward, Guard.
The start of this season didn’t start off too well, two quick losses to Sierra Pacific and Minarets set the team back, but the team quickly bounced back with four straight wins against Orange Cove, Mendota, Riverdale, and Paramount Bard Academy. All those wins also coming without their current starting point guard, C.J, Dodd, who could not play until we reached the second semester due to a transfer from San Joaquin Memorial. At this point, the team was 4-2 and was starting the year off right, but soon after that Immanuel lost to Madera by only four points.
After the small setback, Immanuel beat Orange Cove again by a score of 46-30. Immanuel’s season was looking good going into game number nine of the season, they were winning games and momentum was high, but after the Orange Cove game Immanuel lost three games in a row to Sierra Pacific, Orosi and Minarets, setting their record back to an even 5-5.After this streak of bad luck, Immanuel won two games in a row against Riverdale Christian and Orange Cove. This rollercoaster of a season was exciting, the fans were exhilarated and coming to each and every game to see how their favorite team would fare that night, but soon after Immanuel would have a heartbreaking streak of eight straight losses. But this Immanuel squad still looks great on the court and the fans are always having a great time watching the game and rooting their Eagles on.
The Immanuel Boys Varsity still have two more games left in their regular season, please come out and support our Immanuel Eagles!