Varsity Boys Basketball Hopes to Finish the Season Off Strong


Jacey Loving

Senior Alonzo Riwa gets back on defense to stop the opponents from scoring.

Over the season, the Varsity Basketball boys have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into every practice and game.

With every win and loss, this team strives to become better by working harder at practice and putting everything out on the court. The motivation and dedication for the game come from a good example that Coach Mark Schweitzer shows in every game. 

“Our guys have done a great job of coming back to practice and working hard when our results on the scoreboard haven’t been what we’ve wanted. We believe our best basketball is yet to be played. I constantly am talking to our players about what we need to do to improve and try to be as positive as possible with them while still holding them accountable,” said Coach Schweitzer.

With a record of 10-7, this team has pushed themselves extra hard to grow individually and as a team. Many players are looking forward to playing difficult teams to show that Ozark can push through and come out on top.

“One of the best things that happened to us was losing to Rock Bridge twice. Being able to play them again will just push us to achieve more because as a team we are hungry to beat them,” said Senior Alonzo Riwa. 

With new players on the Varsity Team, one of their main goals for the year has been to increase team chemistry and work together on the court. Over the season, the chemistry throughout the team has increased by learning their strengths and weaknesses whether it may be during the traveling games or the hours of practice. 

One tournament that exemplified their goal was the McDonald’s Classic where they finished second. Through this tournament, they shared the ball and worked together to defeat multiple challenging teams.

“The team’s best tournament this year was the McDonald’s Classic in Sedalia, Missouri. It was our best tournament because we all played well and made it all the way to the championship game,” said Junior Jaylen Weston.

For the remaining season, the Varsity Team hopes to finish the year off strong and with the motivation and dedication throughout this team, nothing is impossible.