Boys’ basketball falls to William Monroe in regional semifinals

Molly Moore and Preston Lieu

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Meridian boys’ basketball team played their final game in the regional semifinals. The Mustangs, despite battling injuries throughout the season, finished the year with a successful 16-8 record overall.  

The team’s lone senior, Wyatt Trundle, served as one of the two captains for the Mustangs and was the foundation of the team’s success.

“I think we made a big improvement this year even though we were a very young team. We lost eight seniors last year so the fact that we were able to increase our record dramatically is a nice accomplishment. Over these next few years, the team is only going to get better,” Trundle said. 

Trundle’s presence has positively influenced many of his younger teammates as well. 

“We may be ‘losing’ Wyatt for our team next year, but I don’t think our team will ever lose him. Even if he can’t play with us anymore, he’s forever changed the dynamics of our team and continues to be a leader in our program. He’s a pivotal piece to our team’s success and moving forward, we owe a lot of it to him and his leadership,” sophomore Billy Asel explained. 

Grant Greiner served as the second captain for the Mustangs and held an important leadership position for the team. 

“We had a lot of injuries and players missing games, but we still fought every game and ended with a 16-8 record. I can’t wait until next year when we are all healthy again and we’ve all had an extra year to develop,” junior Grant Greiner said.  

Though the boys are disheartened by their season coming up short, they all have high hopes for the next season.

“I am proud of the way our team fought through countless injuries and made it as far as we did without two of our starters in the playoffs. It was not easy and for such a young team to make it to the regional semifinals is pretty cool. We’ll be back and better next year,” freshman Daylen Martino said.

This album contains pictures by The Lasso from their loss against William Monroe, 49-39.