by Glenda Schofield
It was an exciting and proud moment for everyone as the Lyons Lions took the court at one of eight Regional tournaments taking place across the state last weekend. Only one of the four teams in each Region would move on to make a bid for the State 2A Championship.The Friday matchup with the Akron Rams proved to be a high point for the Lions. It was a close and hard fought game with the score running neck and neck for most of the game. Each and every member of the team dug deep and found an opportunity to step up and make their mark at exactly the right time. The Lions entered the 4th quarter down by three, but the decision had been made in their hearts that this was their time.
Dugan Tomczak scored seven points in the final quarter to finish a high point. There were some spectacular steals and scores by David Schoenherr, crucial rebounds and steals by Chris Boucher and Tommy Olson that all led directly to points on the board.
Isaac Cisar, Colten Hammans, and Jesse Fisher all put in three pointers that seemed made to order.
Zach Pfeifer, Aaron Nichols, Taylor Keen and Chris Boucher all worked to make it happen under the basket, drawing the fouls and making the shot.
The Rams just couldn’t match the Lions energy as they pulled ahead 67-57 in the final two minutes.
Unfortunately the next day brought the inevitable ending to the Lions season earlier than they hoped. As the Peyton Panthers were able to upset the Lions.
It was another hard fought game that the Lions just could not swing their way and the season came to its finale reminiscent of several other heart breaking finishes with a score of 59-53.
These young men can be proud they came this far finishing their extremely challenging season 12-12, and I hope that in time they will remember the passion and enthusiasm they played with which truly inspired anyone who watched them.