Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Royals Kick Off Special Week With a Win

The 2009-2010 edition of Colo-Nesco boys’ basketball is walking on hallowed ground. With a win over South Hamilton Tuesday night, the Royals improved to 12-2, the school's best record since (ready for this?)-- The 1990 State Champion squad. How fitting is it, then, that the 1990 State Champion team will be honored at this coming Saturday’s game against Roland-Story? That’s right, it’s been a full 20 years since the glory run of Brian Wildeboer, Brad Miller & Co. It’s set to be a special night in Colo as the current Royals look for revenge against the Norsemen who handed CN it’s second loss of the season in a tough-fought battle in Story City last week. The ceremonies will also honor the 1989-1992 Colo-Nesco girls’ squads who went a combined 103-9 and advanced to four straight state tournaments.

The Royal boys got their 12th win last night at South Hamilton, 52-36, behind another solid defensive effort; a defensive effort the 1990 team would have been proud of. 1990 State Champion Coach Doyle Miller’s motto was: “Defense Wins Championships.” This year’s team has held 10 opponents under 45 points, a feat the championship team was only able to accomplish 8 times. The big difference between the 1990 team and this one though is offensive firepower. The 1990 team scored 80 points or more 13 times. This years Royals have accomplished that feat just once. Getting it done on offense for the Royals against South Hamilton were: Eley (19); Guy (8); Larsen (7); Jamison (6); Warren (4); Neuendorf (4); Angell (2); Lawson (2).

As the school gets set to honor the team(s) that set the gold standard, the 2010 squad looks to establish a legacy of it’s own. Calling all Royals fans—Let’s get out Saturday night and support this team retro-style--the way the 1990 team was with a packed gym, and enough electricity to run the local power plant.

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