SPARTANS

Spartans fans of all ages lined Highway 34 as the boys basketball team made its way east via fire truck escort to Colman-Egan High School in Colman to take on DeSmet in the Region 3 Basketball Tournament last Friday. To make it to that place in the tournament, Wessington Springs scored 29 points on Tuesday, March 3 in the fourth quarter against Castlewood with a final score of 84-77. Pablo Garcia had 26 points on five 3-pointers, while Jacob Messmer scored 16 points and brought 25 rebounds, Cooper Hainy tossed in 15 points and six rebounds and Tyler Kole had 11 points. On Friday, Wessington Springs was defeated by DeSmet 64-27. Jacob Messmer had 10 points and 8 rebounds and Mason Schelske had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Spartans finished the season 13-9. Coach Joey Mitchell weighed in on the season: “Adapting to a new coach and philosophy doesn’t just happen over night -- it was a good season with a lot of guys stepping up in a variety of different ways -- it takes five guys to run as one unit to be successful. The beauty of it is, we have all but one of our guys back next year. I look forward to this summer and the opportunities we will have to better ourselves as both individuals and a team.”