Oroville Seventh grade boys finish up unbeaten season

OROVILLE – If this year was any indication, the future of Oroville boys basketball is bright.

The Oroville Seventh grade boys basketball team wrapped up an unbeaten, 10-0 season on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with a 43-18 defeat of rival Tonasket. The Yellowjackets beat the Tigers, Okanogan and Grand Coulee twice each this season and added single victories over Bridgeport, Brewster, Liberty Bell and Omak.

Coach Jared Starkel said his team’s trademark this season was its defense.

“That was what kept us in games, because we had a few really bad shooting nights,” he said. “We called it an unforgiving defense. We wanted it to be tough and unrelenting.

“Even on nights we had trouble making baskets, we forced so many turnovers that we got layups off of that teams couldn’t stay with us.”

Not every game was a blowout. Starkel said the highlight of the season was the Yellowjackets’ 39-36 victory at Brewster.

“Playing down there the day after Thanksgiving Break, we had a few things going against us,” Starkel said. “I just told the guys, the pressure was on Brewster, because everyone expected them to win. We just needed to go out and play our kind of basketball.

“It was the first time (including AAU ball) that we’d beaten them.”

Starkel said he expects this group to be even better next year.

“The guys who’d played AAU ball really took the other guys under their wing, and they improved a lot,” he said. “I think next year they’ll be a lot better all around.”

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

Commenting Rules

We encourage an open exchange of ideas in our online community, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. In a nutshell, don't say anything you wouldn't want your mother to read. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

So keep your comments civil, smart, on-topic and free of profanity.

We ask that all participants own their words by logging in with their Facebook account. It's a simple process that will take seconds and helps keep our comments free of trolls, cranks, and "drive-by" commenters. We reserve the right to remove comments from anyone using screen names, pseudonyms or false identities. Please refer to our Terms of Use for full detail on participating on our site.
No comments yet.

Leave a Reply