The Pillager Huskies Special Olympics team had their first home game on Friday, February 17th. There was a huge turnout and a ton of excitement filled all throughout the gym. The Pillager Huskies were led by senior Shelby Wilson who racked up 8 points and was a beast on the boards. They were also led by senior Ethan Hines who also contributed 4 points for the team against the Menahga Braves. The seniors were followed by Andrew Tabor who added 4 and Tate Boelter who also tallied 6 points. Connor Mason, Emma Sebasky, Domenik VanAllen, and Josh Smith were scoreless, but played lockdown defense and had phenomenal effort in their performance. Also, huge shoutout to Ridge Hunstad, Gabby Martin, Hailea Books, Aaron Klein, Eli Shingledecker, Erik Peterson and Jordyn VanVickle for all their help as unified partners. Despite the close loss, memories were made that will never be forgotten and we put on a great show for the crowd!
For the Menahga Braves, Karlie Kirsh had a great defensive game and also knocked down two big jump shots, scoring a total of four points, while Maddison Patton, Kaleb Kirsch, and Ashton Buchette all played great all-around games each scoring two points. Nathan Fix lead the Menahga Braves in rebounds with a total of five and also scored two points. Kevin Jones hit a deep three-point-shot late in the game to put the crowd on their feet, while Olive Byman also make a big time shot scoring two points for the Braves. Henry Hultberg lead the team in steals with two and dropped one bucket scoring a total of two points. However, Will Peterson was the floor-commander for the Menahga Braves leading the team in scoring with eight points and had a great all-around game both offensively and defensively. A big thanks goes out to Alayna Lake, Lindsay Hendrickson, Leah Schwartz, and Mackenzie Kako for their great teamwork and effort as the Menahga Braves unified partners for this fun-filled Unified Basketball event.