Hartnell Men's Basketball on the Rise

Hartnell Men's Basketball on the Rise

The season has come to a close for our Men's Basketball Team finishing with a record of (13-13) falling slightly short of making the playoffs. Though statistically, you would think it was an off year, the story behind the journey speaks volumes to what the team accomplished. A promising season was cut short when injuries forced forced rotations that had to be rearranged and balanced into a new winning formula. (#21) Carsen Williams would go down for his arm, (#11) Mathis Sellin would have to go under a protective mask and even sharp shooter (#5) Kishon Rogers would battle a shoulder injury that limited his consistency. Even with obstacles weighing them down, the Panthers still improved their overall record from the last year and had it not been for an underdog upset by another school, they would be playing ball in March. Either way, Head Coach Andrew Vasher, is already preparing for next year beginning the recruiting process and having guys already in the gym working on their game. “We were excited of the progress we made, we were ranked top 15 for most of the year,” stated Coach Vasher. Hartnell had three sophomores (#5) Kishon Rogers, (#23) Jesse Hurtado, (#21) Carsen Williams and (#11) Mathis Sellin, who signed to a Jr pro-contract in France. Hartnell’s (#22) Spencer Conrad and (#15) Dallin Mortensen were able to come back for another year after taking a year off. Heading into their sophomore year and coming back next season, are two starters for Hartnell, (#3) Miguel Velez and (#24) Rene Hurtado who look to build on their success from this year. The Panthers look strong and the calm before the storm is here as they tread off into the off-season pumping iron and getting buckets to prepare and progress for the season to come. We look forward to next season. Go Panthers!