Friday, April 7, 2000
Carlisle boys basketball team finishes as league co-champion
The 1999-2000 boys basketball team was talented, hard-working and exciting to watch. With five experienced eighth-graders returning from last year's successful team, expectations were high. In addition to the returning players, Ty Bitzer, Tyler Davis, Johnny Stone, Ben Phillippo and Robbie Clark, the team added three additional eighth-graders, Charlie Dennison, Alex Zywiak and Caleb Hsieh. This year's seventh-grade class was loaded with talent. The six who made the team were: Jason Fidler, Justin Negrin, Jeff Pan, Matt Phillippo, Ryan Duff and Brian Yu. They all saw a lot of playing time and will be the nucleus of a good team next year.
The season started off on a strong note, with the Huskies winning seven of their first eight games. They finished as league co-champions with a record of ten wins and two losses.
This team continued to work hard and improve as the season progressed. The last game of the season exemplified this improvement as Carlisle defeated Bedford, a team that had beaten the Huskies by a wide margin earlier in the year.
Bitzer, Davis and Dennison were instrumental to the team's success because they were excellent ball handlers and scorers. Stone and Ben Phillippo were versatile because they could play out at the wing and play down under the basket. Clark, Hsieh and Zywiak did an excellent job, rebounding and scoring in the low post. The entire team worked hard on defense and set a school defensive record by holding one team to a total of two points for the entire game.
It was a terrific season and the example that was set by this year's eighth-graders is certain to carry over to next year's team. With the talent of this year's seventh grade, our next season should be another successful one. The team would also like to thank this year's managers, Jimmy Ford, Danny Hoffman and Lucas Bennett, for doing such a terrific job.
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