Big Rapids Building On Historic 2015-16 Campaign
BIG RAPIDS – A year after making program history, the Big Rapids boys basketball team is back on the court.
Going 23-3 a year ago, the Cardinals reached the Breslin Center and the Class B state semifinals for the first time in team history, falling to eventual state runner-up Stevensville-Lakeshore, 61-60.
"We didn’t tell the kids that we could go to the Breslin Center. But we knew that it was a possibility, if we took care of business,” Big Rapids assistant coach Blake Thomas said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world, it’s something I’ll never ever forget."
Big Rapids is faced with the tall task of replacing the production vacated with the graduation of eight seniors.
"You know, I’m taking on a big role this year, being a leader,” senior Demetri Martin said. “I think it’ll get fun in the middle of the season."
"We’re a really athletic team, so we’re looking to get up and down the floor a lot,” added senior Christian Hector. “We’re working on getting some of the guys to know how to fill some of the roles that we lost last year."
With a plan on returning to the Breslin Center in March, Big Rapids is using Martin as a starting off point as its tries to build another state finals contender.
"I know that the kids want to go back to the Breslin Center, and I’ve even had some of my students here that say ‘Are we going back? What are the odds?’… We earned it last year,” Thomas said. “You know, it’s not like it’s given, we have to earn it."
Big Rapids opened its defense of its Central State Activities Association Gold division championship last Friday with a 65-50 win over Grant.
The Cardinals are back on the court Friday at Tri-County.