I made a reservation for Lubbock for this weekend a long time ago. I thought Hirschi would be there. I thought Burkburnett would be there.
Not that they were perfect teams, but they were really good teams with a chance to win the region. Or so I thought.
I expect both teams to give it another good shot next year. The Bulldogs will have to replace Mario Garcia, but it’s always best to assume Danny Nix’s club will win 20 games.
And most of the players who had come through a lot of the year, but maybe some of their flaws were exposed by Alvarado, will return to the Hirschi linep.
Marcus Foster is the best all-around guard I’ve ever covered at the high school level. But he’ll probably work all summer to be even better next year. His passing skills and rebounding skills took a jump this year. I bet his free throws and his handle will be better as a senior.
That’s scary for opponents. And hoops fans around here should make a point to see him play a few times. Gotta love this kid’s game. And what I like is he wasn’t satisfied with just being the best on his block. He kept working.
Some of the others have to get better at the little things like easy bounce passes, making free throws, maybe learn a floater or a pull-up from 8 feet which helps you avoid the shot blocker and the charging foul.
Go against a bigger guy in a pickup game and work solely on rebounding and passing. Find an edge whether its July or January.
The little things that don’t show up till late February can get you to Austin in early March.
So like many in Wichita County I’m hurt and a little shocked. But I’m so proud of all of the guys on both teams. A lot of good memories this year and two really great Burk-Hirschi games with excellent atmosphere.
Would love to see these two programs battle in a regional final with the winner going on to take the state title.