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Whittell boys tied for first

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Junior Bryce Bronken looks for a pass Saturday against Coleville. The Warriors went on to win 68-45.
Courtesy of Boyd Dangtongdee |

Whittell boys basketball moved back into a tie for the league lead with two wins over the weekend.

The Warriors traveled to Hawthorne Friday night to play the undefeated Mineral County and came away with the 61-48 victory.

“I think we took them by surprise a little bit,” coach Phil Bryant stated in an email. “They have size and they have a good guard play and their slow start took away some of their energy.”

Bryce Bronken was back after missing two games to sickness and put up 13 points and six rebounds. Palmer Chaplin led Whittell in scoring with 19 points and Colin Buchholz had 13.

On Saturday, Whittell was home against Coleville. After a 49-19 lead at halftime, the Warriors finished with a 68-45 win. Palmer Chaplin led the scoring with 26. Freshman Cole Snyder got the start after Spenser Buchholz suffered a swollen right eye during warmups. Snyder put up 16 points with five 3-pointers. The defense is continuing to play strong with over 20 steals a game.

“Every player on the roster is making contributions in some way by accepting their role and playing hard,” Bryant said. “It takes that kind of understanding from players to make a team work well.”

The two wins improve the Warriors to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in league play. The next two games are on the road at Loyalton (3-8, 1-1) Wednesday and Smith Valley (2-12, 1-6) Friday. On Saturday the Warriors return home to play league favorite Virginia City (13-3, 5-1).

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