by Kathryn Van Tuyl
Playoff season began on February 16 with the boys defeating Albia 73-55, followed by their defeat ofEddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 69-4, leaving the 2016-17 regular season with a 17-4 record.
To prepare for the postseason, head coach Larry Hessing has worked with the team greatly on offensive execution and their defensive rotations. Though they will face tough competition like Iowa City Regina, they’ve been working to the best of their abilities in practice and plan on applying their skill to the fullest in games.
“I think our post season is favorable in comparison to the tough regular season we play,” said senior captain Levi Jungling. “This being said, however, there are some very solid teams standing between us and our ultimate goal of a state championship, so we are going to have to come ready to play our best basketball every night.”
One significant event of this season was coach Hessing achieving his 600th career win by beating Norwalk, making him one of just thirteen Iowa high school coaches to reach such a feat.
“Six hundred wins was never a goal,” said Hessing. “It happened because I’ve been blessed with opportunities to coach for many years in excellent schools with hard-working players and supportive families. It took a lot more people than me to win that many games.”
This season has also made the books for senior Jungling, who plays point guard. On February 9, Jungling surpassed the 1,500 point mark in his high school career, also conquering the Grinnell Tigers 51-49 the same night. This accomplishment puts Jungling as the number 2 all time scorer from PC.
Other victories had significance this season as well. “Although beating Pella was a huge accomplishment, it’s hard to say if it’s our biggest win,” said senior Jackson Flagel. “When we played Van Meter, we were working so well together which ended up giving them their first loss of the season. We had lots of good defensive stops and rebounds, which combined with some great shooting by Levi to give us a win.”