Contributed by Tate Gregory
LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia Junior High School eighth-grade boys basketball A-team traveled to the Wimberley Tournament Jan. 19 to defend its title for the second time. Last year, as seventh-graders, the boys came out with a hard-fought victory against Marble Falls. Coach Robert Klein led the team. The boys not only had to defend their title, but also their 18-0 record going into the tournament.
During the first game, the Bears came out with a win over Mountain Valley by the score of 40-19. Then, the second game was against the hometown favorites -- the Wimberley Texans. The Texans got off to an early lead, but the Bears came back in the second half playing Bear basketball. The Bears came out with a 55-42 victory.
With a two-hour delay, the boys anxiously awaited to find out who their next opponent would be. The Bears would end up facing Liberty Hill for the championship. Liberty Hill was an intimidating team due to many players who were 6-foot plus. The Bears came out slow and were down by 15 points at the half, but with help from the crowd and inspiration from Coach Klein, the Bears showed juice was still left inside them. Each team played amazing basketball, but the Bears came out on top with a close 65-61 win over Liberty Hill. There was not one player who was the factor in this game for the Bears, as everyone played their best basketball every time they stepped out on the court.
The Bears would retain their championship title and their now undefeated 21-0 record. On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Bears will be facing rivals, as they meet the Somerset Bulldogs. This game is sure to be a challenge. The last time these teams faced each other, the Bears won a very close 54-53 decision in overtime.
Come out and support the Bears for their next challenge.