Buffs find fun — and success — in Washington

by nathan oster

A team of boys basketball players from Greybull High School won six of seven games on a recent team-building swing through the state of Washington.

The competition was fierce but Treston Tracy, Jordan Jackson, Zach Zeller, Cade Dooley, Dustin Fox, Dante Sylvester, Kaydan Jackson, Brock Hill and Braeden Tracy were up for it, according to Coach Jim Prather.

The Buffs beat Ritzville 42-30 on Sunday, June 14. Ritzville “was a state semifinalist in football,” according to Prather.

Morton-White Pass handed the Buffs their only loss, a 66-38 setback. No shame in that. The school is “the two-time defending 2B state champions” and has won 55 straight games. “They were big, fast and great shooters,” said Prather.

The Buffs bounced back nicely, winning their next five. They beat Toledo 42-38, then took down Napavine 66-38. Napavine “lost in the state championship football game for Class 2B,” according to the coach.

The Buffs capped their trip with a 44-40 win over Centralia, a 68-32 win over Lummi Nation and a 48-34 win over Granite Falls. Prather said Lummi Nation “went undefeated and won the 1B state championship last year” and that Centralia was one of the final 16 teams in 2B last year.

It wasn’t just a business trip. The boys got to do the tourist thing, too. They visited the Space Needle, rode the monorail, watched fish being thrown at Pike’s Place Market and attended a Seattle Mariners baseball.

The boys also saw the mighty Columbia River, put a foot or two in the Pacific Ocean at Ocean Shores, toured the Seattle downtown area and rode a ferry through the San Juan Islands before returning home Saturday, June 20.

“The team accomplished their goals which were to build team chemistry, challenge their individual and team skills against top-flight competition, and have some fun,” said Prather. “This is the eighth time the Buffs have taken this trip to Washington. The competition is always outstanding, and I was extremely proud of how the boys worked together to negate some of the size and speed we faced on the court. It is a testimony to how hard the boys in our program work on basketball and how our program has grown that we have been very competitive the last couple of times we have gone to Washington.

“Of course, this trip doesn’t happen without the very generous support of our community and school district. On behalf of the team, Coach Tracy and I would like to express our gratitude for their continued support of our program.”