Congratulations to the Wylie and Eula boys and the Hermleigh girls on being named Teams of the Year in high school basketball for the 2017-2018 season by BigCountryHomepage.com Sports.
The Wylie Bulldogs rebounded from a disappointing 2017, with a run to the regional finals this year to earn our Class 6A, 5A and 4A team of the year. Head Coach Gregg Ruffin's team dominated district play to claim the championship. They then faced a gauntlet of four straight top 11 teams in the playoffs. They beat three of them, but lost to 10th ranked Seminole. It was a great season made possible by a strong senior class.
Gregg Ruffin said, "They had something to prove. They did a great job leading this team. Those younger guys saw what it took as a senior to lead, to help a team out. I am so proud of those guys. Those are guys that we are going to miss whole-heartedly. Not just because of the basketball players that they are, but because of the people they are. Those are hard to replace."
Eula is the home of the Class 3A, 2A and A team of the year in boys basketball. The Pirates were a strong team all season long. Eula rolled through district and didn't lose to a class A team this season until they faced Borden County in the regional finals on Saturday. Head coach Josh Fostel's team spent the entire season in the top 15 in spite of the fact that they lost three starters from last season. It's a school known for it's ability on the basketball court, but the 2018 season was a bit of a surprise, even to the coach.
Eula head coach Josh Fostel said, "We got beat in the regional semifinals last year, and we were losing three starters that were very important to us, and it seemed kind of impossible that we were going to be as good or even better. Our big kid was out the entire year, until the last four or five games. To have all of that happen and still win 30 games is a credit to the work our kids put in the offseason."
The Hermleigh Lady Cardinals earn the honor for doing something no other girls basketball team in Hermleigh has ever done. First year Head Coach Duane Hopper led them to the state tournament for the first time in history. The Lady Cardinals closed the regular season by winning 11 of their final 12 games, and in the playoffs, they upset number two ranked Garden City in the regional tournament.
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