In the place of what would be State Finals week here in Indiana, Outside the Huddle reached out to a handful of area senior boys basketball players. Each of these players is from one of the 6 area teams that was still alive as a Sectional champion when the remainder of the tournament was cancelled. We asked them to tell us, in their own words, what they’d do different if they could go back to the start of their varsity careers, reminisce about their legacy and discuss the unusual close to their season and high school career. This is one such story:
IF I COULD GO BACK
If I could go back and tell myself something when I first started playing varsity basketball, it would be to let the game come to me. Too many times, good players feel the need to try and make things happen, instead of just believing in your abilities.
When people think about Hunter Perlich, I hope they remember me as a great teammate who gave it everything I had. At practice, my goal was to push every teammate I had and make them the best they could be. As a leader of our team, I hope my teammates understand I only wanted what was best for our team.
HOW IT ENDED
Winning sectionals will be one of the best things I will ever accomplish in my life. The best way to ever end a season is going out on a win. That is something we will remember forever. The frustrating part is obviously how everything ended. Since the beginning of December, we have worked out tails off for the chance to win state. For it to be taken away from us, not on our terms, doesn’t feel right.
WHAT DOES CHURUBUSCO BASKETBALL MEAN TO ME?
Churubusco basketball means everything to me. From the time I was just a little kid, all I wanted to do was play basketball for this community. I can’t tell our fans how much they meant to our team and me personally. I truly hope they know we gave it our all for them each time we stepped on the court.
– Hunter Perlich, Churubusco Class of 2020