Patriots dominate CCC with perfect season record

NEW MADISON – “The season may be coming to an end, but it will never end in our hearts,” said Tri-Village senior basketball player Colton Linkous.

He and the rest of the team finished their 2014-15 regular season a perfect (22-0) to claim the title of Cross County Conference Champions. The Patriots got their 22nd win Wednesday night in front of a hometown crowd at Tri-Village High School.

“Keys to success is our defensive pressure, team chemistry and overall skill level from top to bottom,” Coach Josh Sagester told The Early Bird. “We have a very cohesive group who always puts winning first!”

In addition to a conference title and undefeated season, several members of the team were recently recognized for standout performances. Tyler Van Winkle became the school’s all-time assists leader and seniors Colton Linkous and Damion Cook were named Co-Players of the Year from the CCC, with Josh Sagester recognized as Coach of the Year.

“All our players sacrifice for the team and understand and accept their roles with pride,” added Coach Sagester. “Our results are a by-product of our work ethic in the off season.”

The top seeded Tri-Village will play their first game of the Div. IV tournament this Saturday, Feb. 28 against #12 seed Emmanual Christian. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Troy High School. If the heavily favored Patriots win, they will move on to face Jefferson in round two on Tuesday evening.

When asked about post season play and hopes for a state title Coach Sagester said, “We will take it one game at a time and make sure our team is prepared for every opponent.”

Team photo provided by Dan Stockton of StockStudio.com

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