Boys basketball team preparing for No. 1 team
By Peter Atkins
As PHS boys basketball junior guard Trevor Hafner took the floor against rival Maumee, he immediately went up to the stands and gave his grandmother a small basketball, followed by a warm reception by the crowd.
It was during player introductions, many players danced and pumped up the crowd, with about 40 seniors attending ready to eat their goldfish. (A controversy in Perrysburg over the last few years).
On Friday, Perrysburg takes on No. 1 Southview in an NLL clash in Sylvania.
“I wanted her to know I see her at all of my games,” said Hafner when asked why he gave the basketball to his grandmother.
“Before I threw out the balls to pump up the crowd” he later said. But he decided before the Maumee game was the perfect time to give the ball to his grandmother.
Head coach Dave Boyce said he means a lot to the team.
“He’s a tremendous competitor, and understands the big picture of what it takes to win,” he said. “Trevor sees beyond himself, and he’s matured a lot.”
Following the Yellow Jackets win over the Panthers, the Southview Cougars is Perrysburg next big test, with Perrysburg on the road Friday.
“Southview is number one in the state” Trevor said when asked about the toughest upcoming matchups, saying they would be the toughest game coming up.
“They’re a very good team, have three returning starters from last year, are well coached, and well prepared,” coach Boyce said.
He is optimistic about the Yellow Jackets saying “We are doing things strategically that we think will give us an edge, and our guys need to compete and make plays for 32 minutes.”
Southview beat Perrysburg in December, but coach Boyce is hoping his team has grown since then.
“We need each player to be two months better, and we need to be two months better as a team,” he said.