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Knights celebrate big win against Waspie on Senior Night

February 11, 2009
Dysart Reporter

On Feb. 3 the Union boys basketball team played their last regular season home game versus the Wapsie Valley Warriors. It would mark an end to the wonderful careers of the 2009 senior class in La Porte City. The group had only lost three games at La Porte over the past three years. They were looking to keep that remarkable stat intact and hopefully earn at least a share of the NICL conference championship. Coached by Marty McKowen, the Warriors had trouble early stopping the Knights three-point shooting, as Matt Prestemon and Eric Jesse combined to hit three straight treys to open a 9-3 lead. But as the first half wore on, the Knights couldn't get the pace to their liking. Few fastbreak chances opened up as numerous fouls and dead balls prevented an uptempo game. Though only up by six at the end of the half, Union wasn't rattled. The third quarter saw Union try to regain the fast pace they were looking for. Seniors Ryan Christensen, Garrett Woodson, and Matt Prestemon helped the cause with agressive play on defense. The Knights switched to a pressing defense, which caused an inexperienced Wapsie team to turn the ball over. Junior Jared Wauters' three-pointer and jumper pushed the lead to 11 points to start the fourth.

The final quarter didn't start well for the Knights, as Wapsie hit two threes and finished an old fashioned three point play to cut the lead to three. But truly, the game was never in doubt. Senior Eric Jesse hit two key free throws down the stretch, and the boys made two key defensive stops down the stretch to squeak out a 51-47 victory. This class changed the outlook of the program and set the bar for future classes. These seniors are Ryan Christensen, Garrett Woodson, Matt Prestemon, Eric Jesse, Trent Youngblut, Ethan Wellman, Zach Blunt, Matt Harting, Mark Jesse, and Andrew MacMahon.

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