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Examiner
  • Indians not satisfied after snaring program's first sectional crown

  • For the past four years, every time the senior members of the Fort Osage boys basketball team walked into the Indians gym, they cast an eye toward the blank area under “SECTIONAL” on a banner that hangs on the south wall.

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  • For the past four years, every time the senior members of the Fort Osage boys basketball team walked into the Indians gym, they cast an eye toward the blank area under “SECTIONAL” on a banner that hangs on the south wall.
    “We took care of the district area last year when we won our first district,” said senior Austin Regier, whose second-quarter slam dunk set the tone for a strong second-half performance that led the Indians to a 53-34 Class 5 sectional win over St. Joseph Central on Wednesday.
    “It was so sweet walking into the gym today, knowing that 2013 is going to be under that sectional list on the banner. Now, when we come back to school after we graduate we can look at 2012 and 2013 district championships and the sectional win this year.”
    The win Wednesday night sets the stage for a 6 p.m. Saturday quarterfinal contest against Rockhurst at the Independence Events Center, as the Hawklets topped Blue Springs South 72-67 in the other sectional game.
    “No one thought we'd be the team coming out of sectionals,” Indians coach Josh Wilson said. “Lee's Summit West maybe, Rockhurst, Blue Springs South – they were ranked No. 2 in the state – but certainly not us.
    “And here we are, a win away from the only goal we've had this season, and that's going to state. This is all new stuff for these guys. They aren't used to this, and I think it showed last year when we won district then lost in sectionals.
    “But this team is different.”
    And the man who is making sure his teammates don't lose sight of the prize is senior forward D'Vante Mosby.
    “By the way,” Wilson asked an assistant moments before practice was scheduled to start, “where is D'Vante?”
    A quick call was made and Mosby told the staff that he was on a student council assignment but was headed back to Fort Osage.
    “Big knucklehead,” Wilson said, laughing. “He's the last guy you'd expect to be late for practice the day after we win a sectional game.”
    Mosby then flew into the locker room, and while he was lacing his shoes he said, “We're having prom at Arrowhead and I was on a trip to check out the suite, taste the food, that kind of stuff.
    “Really, pretty cool. But all any of us are thinking about is Saturday night's game. We saw Rockhurst, we know how good they are. A state quarterfinal game is nothing to them; they're in them all the time.
    “That's why we have to have a special approach to this game. We better still be working hard. I'm going to be working today in practice. The guys better be ready for me, because I'm coming after them 100 percent.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It's not time to be shy. Our leaders need to lead and our players need to play. This is it, this is what we have dreamed about, and we will be ready Saturday night.”
    Senior center Zach Adams backed that statement, adding, “First thing I did when I walked in the gym today was look up at that sectional banner, knowing that 2013 was going to be under it next season.
    “That's cool and all that, but we want so much more. And we're going to work hard Saturday night because we can make our dreams come true.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     
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