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Whittell JV boys b-ball beats Virginia City, improves to 8-0 in league

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Genaro Mena dribbles upcourt in the JV Warriors’ league contest against Virginia City on Saturday, Jan. 23. Mena scored a game-high 21 points in a victory for Whittell, its eighth in a row to start league play.
Courtesy / Boyd Dangtongdee |

ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell junior varsity boys basketball team is seeking a second straight undefeated league season — and so far, the Warriors are on track. Whittell beat Virginia City 73-31 at home Saturday, Jan. 23, extending its Div. IV West unbeaten streak to eight games.

“I like the way they are playing and we are happy with the results we are getting from this group,” Warriors JV coach Matt Bryant said. “We still need some improvement from them in certain areas, but they are learning how to win and that is important if you want to win championships at any level — you have to know what it takes and experience it to play with confidence.”

Whittell moved its overall record to 11-3 with Saturday’s victory. Sophomore Genaro Mena led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman Trent Dingman scored 19, sophomore Nic Buchholz had 17 and sophomore Connor Huber added 10.

“We seem to be able to get on teams early with our press and have built on that all season,” Warriors varsity coach Phil Bryant said. “I see some really good things happening on our JV team with balanced scoring and some intensity.”

Last year, the Warriors captured the Div. IV West League title as part of an undefeated campaign. Whittell hasn’t lost a JV league contest in two seasons.

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