Kinta Eagles preparing for state competition
Kinta High School’s boys basketball team is preparing for their first game at state competition.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Kinta Eagles will be competing at state.
“They’ve worked hard. It’s just a great honor. It’s great to represent our school, our community. They got behind us and supported us so much,” said Coach Jim Jenson. “The guys are proud of it and it’s just an honor to make it back.”
The team was ranked #1 all year, and Jensen acknowledged there was added pressure with that, and “everybody’s gunning for you,” he said. “We’re just happy to get there.”
“I’d like to thank our community for all their support all year,” Jenson added.
The Eagles defeated Paden, 53 to 44, in area competition in order to advance to state.
Their first game in the state competition will be against Braggs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in Yukon. If they win that game, they will advance and play at the fairgrounds arena in Oklahoma City at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The championship game is set for 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the fairgrounds arena in Oklahoma City.
Back row, left to right, Coach Jim Jenson, Coach William Tisdale, Manager Andrew Cole, Thomas Fobber, Joshua Lynch, Blaine Cole, Hunter Ary and Coach Jay Ray. Front row, left to right, Cooper Oaks, Braden Ray, Kaleb Stephens, Cameron Ray and Harley Jordan.
Staff report/Submitted photo by Loretta Bowers