Weiser Strong: Seven Seniors Lead Wolverines to State
Published: 2/26/2017 9:11:51 PM
The Weiser basketball programs have given the town something to smile about during a tough winter.
Photo credit: Patty Theurer
Just a few miles east of the Oregon border on State Highway 201, the little town of Weiser has battled through a brutal winter full of severe weather and the impacts of it.
For 36 days in a row this winter, school was not in session due to a number of winter storms that also thwarted the area’s athletic programs from even holding regular practices. Severe flooding and building damage were just a few of the calamities that struck the small city, but there is one thing that the Weiser townsfolk have found happiness in - the basketball programs.
For Alberto Sanchez and the Wolverines, it’s been a mission to get to the state tournament just like the girls team did. Now that goal number one is reached, the objective has turned to bringing home a blue trophy to the folks of Weiser.
“We have been hungry for a state title from the beginning of the season," said Sanchez. "We have been preparing ourselves mentally and physically to win.”
The senior guard’s money has certainly been where his mouth is, as the Wolverines are headed to Meridian High School on Thursday to take on the Snake River Panthers, equipped with the 3A classifications best record at 21-1 and arguably the best scoring threat in the tournament.
Finishing off with anything less than a state championship just wouldn’t feel right for Sanchez.
He leads a senior class of seven that boasts about as much experience as any team in the tournament.
"Our team chemistry has been something that has helped us a lot down the stretch in close games,” said Sanchez.
Alberto is an incredibly talented young man, but even at that, he is the first to tell you that it’s all about those around him.
“The things that make me excel on the floor are my teammates and my coaches. They keep me motivated and make me want to play as best as I can all the time. And obviously my family. I always want to make them proud when I am out on the floor.”
The focus right now is on three days which will determine whether or not Weiser can bring home the first state title since 1995 for the boys basketball program, but looking further down the road, Sanchez hopes to continue his basketball career following high school.
“Right now I’m just focused on finishing high school and focusing on the tournament, but hopefully I’ll be able to go play wherever I get the opportunity to do so.”
Sanchez and the number one ranked Wolverines take on number three Snake River on Thursday at 8 p.m. You can hear all the action live and free with Matt Harris and Lance Taylor on IdahoSports.com.