By Rob Tetro
Trevor Alton, Charlie McCraith, Zane Pointon and Billy Skipper recently played in their final games for the Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team.
Coach Mat Burridge said the players who will be returning next season learned a lot about determination from the Warriors four seniors.
“Hopefully (the returning players) learned to work hard and have the will to win.”, Burridge said.
As Burridge’s seniors move on to the next phase of their lives, he hopes they come away from the experience with a better understanding and appreciation for the game of basketball. He credits them for the hard work and dedication they brought to the program.
“The seniors worked hard and gave their best.”, Burridge said. “They should have nothing to be ashamed of.”.
Hannibal plays in Class B, Section 3 which is one of the toughest leagues in all of New York State High School Basketball. Despite the many challenges his team faced, the Warriors came ready to play every night.
As his players move on to spring activities, Burridge hopes they feel a sense of pride for the effort that they put in preparing for and taking on the impressive opponents Hannibal faced this season.
Looking ahead to next season, Burridge said his team will have its hands full. He expects to have only 1 starter from this year’s team returning to the team next season.
Replacing Alton, McCraith, Pointon and Skipper won’t be easy, however, the Warriors do have a group of younger players who are ready to take on bigger roles.
“(I’m) interested to see how the younger guys will step up and fill the roles of the seniors.”, Burridge said.