Eagles conclude solid season

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Purdy’s Brett Wilson scores two points for the Eagles in district tourney play at Sarcoxie. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy takes stock of strong campaign

No team likes to see its season conclude with a loss, yet coaches often remind their teams that only one squad can end the season with a win, the ultimate championship victory.

On Thursday, Purdy boys coach Tommy Egan sat down one final time with his Eagles, after a 68-58 loss to Pierce City in the Class 2, District 12 semifinal, and thanked the squad for a great season.

“I feel like we left it all on the floor tonight,” Egan said. “These kids a couple of years ago started the process of just giving their all, and this year they continued that.”

A year after reaching the quarterfinals, not much was expected of the team, but no one told the Eagles that.

“I told the guys in [the locker room] how proud of them I was,” Egan said. “I told them they should be proud of their season. I think we shocked a lot of people this season. We’re disappointed. These guys want to get back to the championship game, but they still have a lot to be proud of this season.”

Egan spent a few moments with his seniors, thanking them for their time and dedication to the team.

“We have a great foundation [coming back],” Egan said. “We have two returning juniors, along with a large group of freshmen and sophomores that saw playing time this year because of injuries. There is a lot to be excited about as we move forward.” 

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