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ROSCOE’S BRIAN BALLARD goes up for a layup over Eldred’s Jim Martin in a game this past season.

Democrat Continues
The Year in Review

By Jeanne Sager
March 26, 2002:
Editor’s note: Today we begin our look back at how the 2001-2002 scholastic hoops’ season unfolded for local teams.


Overall record: 10-11
League record: 5-3 OCIAA Division V
Team Leaders: “I’m not one to pick out team leaders per se,” said Blue Devil Coach Fred Ahart.
The eight players who had the most playing time for Roscoe and who were the major contributors were: seniors Keith Buck (forward) and Brian Bury (center); as well as juniors Brian Ballard (guard), Dan Park (guard), Dave Eggleton (forward), Dusty Bury (guard), Tim Haas (forward) and Greg Feeney (guard).
Junior Travis O’Dell was another integral part of the Blue Devils’ team this year, Ahart added, although he was out most of the season with a shoulder injury.
Season highlights: “We were pleased to finish second in the division and make it to the Section IX Class D tournament as a number three seeded team,” Ahart said.
(The Blue Devils, however, lost a quarterfinal game to John A. Coleman 63-50.)
Another highlight of the season was a game the boys played against S.S. Seward at home, Ahart noted. The Blue Devils prevailed by a score of 108-107 in overtime.
“People are still talking about that game,” Ahart said.
Other comments: “I enjoyed this season,” Ahart noted. “I thought the players put out an outstanding effort in every game, especially defensively.
“We were very competitive with other teams,” he added.
Playing the last year in the Roscoe school’s old gymnasium provided a theme for the season, Ahart explained. Though they said goodbye to the basketball court after their last regular season game against Eldred, Ahart and the Blue Devils look forward to moving into the new gymasium next fall.

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