TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS–The Musketeers opened their first tournament of the season with a championship title at the Trico Invitational. Red Bud defeated Trico 54-30 and Steeleville 57-37. The team faced Carterville in the championship game and claimed the title after a 51-48 victory. Pictured kneeling from left: Trace Wagner, Luke Quintin, Trent Sternberg, Isaac Moll, Lee Major and Chase Lucht. In back: Managers Chris Robert and Chase Smith, Asssistant Coach Logan Cathell, Manager Jack Candler, Josh Nieweglowski, Austin Krebs, Grayson Herriman, Nathan Caito, Sam Easter, Owen Liefer, Assistant Coach Chad Buss and Head Coach Dane Walter.
by Alex Easter
The Red Bud Musketeers boys basketball team played in the Trico Tournament last week, playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our boys looked locked in early and rarely let up. The first game Monday night was against the hometown Trico Pioneers. The Pioneers had a size advantage down low, but that didn’t deter the Musketeers.
In the first quarter, the Pioneers kept things close with some solid defense, holding the Musketeers to an 8-8 tie. Senior forward Sam Easter landed a couple of early three pointers to keep things tight. But the second quarter was an avalanche that Trico couldn’t quell.
For more from the game, please see this week’s print edition.