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Boys hoop season starts Tues.




PC Coach Darin Bazzell, right, and players Dylan Bazzell (center) and Levi Goad speaking to Fairbury News.

This year’s Prairie Central varsity boys basketball team is hoping for postseason titles and a state run.


The Hawks start the season on the hardwood this week in the 50th annual GCMS Thanksgiving Tournament as they battle the Fisher Bunnies Tuesday at 5 p.m., the Lexington Minutemen Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Armstrong Potomac Friday at 2:30 p.m. before the championship round on Saturday.


“I’m going into every game expecting to win,” said senior Dylan Bazzell.


“I think everyone on the team thinks we can go all the way this year,” adds junior Levi Goad.


Coach Darin Bazzell is trying to keep everyone healthy while getting their “basketball legs” back under them.


“We’ve been working on getting in shape, really concentrating on more of our transition game and defense,” Bazzell told Fairbury News last week.


Bazzell expects his team to get more into the offensive groove as things move along. Coming off a great season last year, the Hawks are excited for 2022-2023.


“These guys have put in extremely long hours,” notes Bazzell.


Last week was the first week with more of the guys at practice since the football season ended. Coach Bazzell said it felt good to have all of the players back. He is looking for big things out of Goad.


Fairbury News is your home for Hawk hoops and we will have the action from the GCMS Tournament this week on Facebook live. Mike Norris and Brian King will call the Tuesday and Friday games while Joel Swanson is behind the microphone Wednesday and Saturday.


“We’ve got to go into every game like it’s our last and don’t take any for granted,” added Goad.

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