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Boys Basketball Finishes Injury – Plagued Season in Sectional Finals


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As the 2019 boys basketball season was set to begin, anticipation was high for a successful year. Following a CVC title and 18 – 4 overall record in 2018, these expectations seemed justified. After an unexpected 1 – 9 start to the season, however, the West Geauga boys basketball team bounced back strongly and finished the regular season with a 10-12 record. After this second-half surge, led by varsity head coach, Mr. Jeff Javorek, and assisted by Mr. Doug Irwin, the Wolverines had their eyes on a post – season prize: to win a district title. “I hope they learn how to compete at a high level and grow throughout the season at understanding how to be successful in a team environment,” was how Coach Javorek set his expectations for the program.

Despite finishing the season in 4th place in the CVC with a 5-9 record, they took on St. Martin Depores High School on Febuary, 26th in the first round of the playoffs. The boys won the game in a landslide, 61-44. In what was his final appearance in the “Wolverena,” a great game was turned in by senior Marco Formichelli. Saving his “best” for his last game in his home gym, he hit four 3-pointers to secure the win for the Wolverines. Following this victory, the eighth – seeded Wolverines took on Villa Angela – St. Joseph last Friday night in the sectional final. Despite their best efforts, the boys lost 84-52, ending their season.

Sadly, the season for the Wolverines was controlled and “set back” by key assets being injured for large amounts of time. Sophomore Josh Irwin, the Wolverines starting center and reigning league MVP, encountered a leg/foot injury late in the season, knocking him out for the remainder of the year. West Geauga newcomer (NDCL transfer),  junior Peyton Bissler, encountered many different injuries during the season that led the guard to miss almost 1/3 of the games. Harrison Gruber, another junior guard, was ruled out for the season after breaking his foot, also. Coach Javorek noted, “We have suffered injuries throughout the season, [but] we finished the second half with a 9-2 record.”

Finishing with an overall 11-13 record, the Wolverines plan to be better and better over the next seasons. Bissler said this about season: “The season was fun and it was a great group of guys.” Coach Javorek also said, “…the biggest surprise of the season was how the underclassman stepped up.”

The team has big things ahead! Join the Wolverines at the “Wolverena” next year!