by Glenda Schofield
In between winter colds, injuries, and loss of practice time due to weather, the Lions teams have managed to step up and play three more exciting games at all levels.
I hesitate to post the scores because they don’t really tell the whole story. First, it is important to note that in many cases we are playing “up” against 3A teams which is good experience for building up to our 2A district tournaments, but can be very discouraging in the moment the final buzzer goes off. However, it needs to be said that in each and every game the Lions were in it to the end and never gave up. On Tuesday, January 28, we traveled to Eaton to meet the Reds. Under the strong leadership and energy of Zach Pfeifer and several steals and assists by David Schoenherr the first half remained close. But in the second half the Reds changed their tactics and pulled ahead with a 59-42 victory.
On Friday, February 4, we went on to meet the University Bulldogs in Greeley. The Bulldogs had a shooter that scored 25 points, 18 of those from the outside and the entire team also played an extremely physical game almost approaching football levels at times.
Once again the Lyons played a strong game and had a particularly strong 4th quarter thanks in part to the ball handling skills of Colten Hammans and explosive energy of Dougan Tomzcak, but in the end the Lions went down 72-63. On Saturday February 5, Valley Patriots came to Lyons to play a make-up game. It proved to be close back and forth by a only a few points all night. At the time of the buzzer, the Patriots were up by two as the Lions came close to the final buzzer score.
The Town of Lyons can be proud that this group of athletes gives it their all and gains the respect of their opponents on the court and exhibits genuine good sportsmanship both on and off the court. I strongly encourage you to come on outand support your local team.