Boys basketball played well despite poor record

This article submitted by Aaron Ziemer on 03/25/97.

The boys basketball teams had their end of the season banquet at Hill Top Restaurant Sunday night, March 16.

Individual players were also given awards for season play, which were as follows:
Mike Stalboerger: varsity MVP,
Josh Williams: most improved player and top reserve,
Joe Bergstrom: ďMr. DefenseĒ (Bergstrom was usually matched up against the other team's best player.)

The Bulldogs finished their season 6-17, which, as a record, was sort of disappointing because their ranking didn't show how well the team played.

For instance, in their first meeting with St. Cloud Cathedral, at the end of the game, with Cathedral up two, 41-39, and Paynesville with the ball shooting for the tie, the shot was missed as the buzzer sounded before team members could tip it in.

Another great game for Paynesville was the playoff at Litchfield. Paynesville could have gone into the game thinking they would get beat by the Dragons for the third and final time of the season, but they didn't. The Bulldogs believed they could win that game, and they did, 59-52. The Bulldogs played solid defense, keeping Litchield from scoring their usual 70 or more points.

Despite their season record, the Bulldogs played well; demonstrating tremendous heart and courage, and showing late in the season they knew what it takes to win.

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