Panthers remind us that after the wins and losses, it’s about how you handle it all

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High School basketball players from White River and Timber Lake shoveled and pushed to help strangers become unstuck from their hotel parking lot.

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Timber Lake’s Trey Bollinger moves to pick up teammate Isaac Kraft at the end of their first round loss to Bridgewater-Emery.

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Trey Bollinger and Isaac Kraft reach to help a Jones Co. player Saturday.

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The State B Tournament is where seasons and careers come to a close. Eight teams have left behind the scores of other schools. The eight have risen above the others through rounds of playoff basketball and the perspective that they are among the best and the few whose season is still alive ... is lost in a dream. A dream of a state title. Just three games away.

The seasons, they come to a close for each of the final eight. Probably, only one will be truly satisfied. This year, that team was Clark/Willow Lake, who won the title on the strength of senior Jacob Prouty’s outside shooting and overall excellence. Seven other teams felt the sting of soaring so high, but perhaps not as high as they hoped. Hopefully they enjoyed the journey.



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