Mar 14, 2013 8:09 PM by Greg Smith

Wasson just 2 wins from title in final year

"People are coming up to us saying 'When do you guys play? When do you guys play?" So hopefully we get a good crowd on Friday."

The added buzz surrounding Wasson High School is well deserved. They're headed to the final four.

"We're just focued," says senior forward D.J. Hanes. "We don't play around or stuff like that. When we're in there, we just focus on trying to figure out the gameplan."

Center Larenz Stalcup agreed. "It's a good feeling. We all got to put in our best effort, 110 percent, no mistakes, once in a lifetime."

As it turns out, it really is once in a lifetime. After this weekend, basketball will never again be played by the Thunderbirds.

"Wasson's closing," Stalcup says. "So I think we should go out with a bang. Get that ring, a state championship."

"We're playing for the community," said senior point guard Riche Parea. "Everybody that used to come to Wasson, they're supporting us, so we're trying to go out with a bang."

Which makes a state championship even more meaningful.

"It would mean a lot to me and all the other seniors," says Hanes. "Our last year to get this ring. It'd mean a lot to us, and all the fans we have."

"Oh, it'd mean the world," added Parea. "I mean, this is what I've been working for my whole life, so now, I just need to bring it home."

The gym at Wasson wont be their home for much longer, but it might be the home of the 2013 title forever.



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