HURRICANE – By Jessica Tanner – Feb. 22, 2020
This season the Bear River boys’ basketball team has been through a lot that has helped them grow as individuals both on and off the court.
They’ve entertained spectators with their skills and were often overcome by the generosity of our community and all of Region 11, who showed massive support for them and Coach Reggie Shaw as he underwent brain surgery.
“There was a lot this season, a lot of ups and downs, obstacles, hardships and trials,” said Shaw. “These kids freaking fought and battled night in and night out whether I was there or not. I love these kids and everything they gave us.”
Bear River finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-13, placing 9th in 4A and secured a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears then hit the road to take on the 8th seed, the Hurricane Tigers, on Friday, Feb. 21.
Many made the long trip to support their Bears, but the most surprising member of that crowd was Coach Shaw, who is still working on his recovery. Thanks to the support of his coaching staff, team and local members of the community he was able to be there for the Bears’ last game.
In the first quarter the Bears jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but after a timeout the Tigers got a spark. At the end of the quarter the Bears led 14-13, but by halftime trailed 27-23.
“I thought the first half we played great,” said Shaw. “In the second half we tried to make some adjustments, but we didn’t execute very well. Our kids played hard, but a couple things did not go our way and then things spiraled out of control.”
Bear River was outscored in the next two quarters and although they battled, they found themselves on the losing end, 81-67, which ended their season.
Once again, the three seniors led the way in scoring. Mark Huber had 24 points, while Ren Fonnesback and Logan Litchford each scored 16. Also adding to the scoreboard was Josh Payne, who made five, while Jace Jacobson and Easton Lish both added three.
When asked about the seniors, Shaw said, “Those kids are special, I love everything they do for me. On the court they give you a lot of baskets and energy. They ran this team most the year. We are obviously going to miss everything they do. They are leaders. They are good kids, who get good grades and are good examples, who treat the younger classmen well. It is hard to replace great kids, but this program is full of them. It is tough to see those three go out after everything they have put into this program. We are surely going to miss them.”
Shaw added, “I do not care what the scoreboards says. These kids are winners. They know how to fight, how to play and are going to be successful in life. I hate to lose, but I am proud of this group. On my first year coaching I do not think I could have asked for a better group of kids.”
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