Havre Boys Basketball on Making State

The Havre boys’ basketball team qualified for the Class ‘A’ State Basketball Tournament over the weekend, nabbing the last spot in the Eastern ‘A’ Divisionals. New Media Broadcasters talked with Ponies coach WaLynn Burgess and he shared his thoughts on what transpired in Billings at the Metra that led Havre to another goal checked off the seasonal list.

“We knew going in that it was going to be tough,” Burgess said. “(We) played some real good games up and down a little bit.”

“At the end of the day, (we’ve) still got two weeks of basketball and that’s all we can ask for,” Burgess said. “You just want a chance to dance this year and being able to get in there is a good feeling for us.”

“We understand that we are one of eight teams and any of the eight can go win the dang thing,” Burgess said. “It’s a pretty open tournament I feel like.”

Burgess was able to look back on the season so far and realize what it meant to qualify yet again for state playoffs in Montana high school basketball. He finished his thought with saying the job isn’t done yet and there’s still one more goal ahead for this 2023-24 Havre High boys’ basketball team.

“It means everything,” Burgess said. “It shows the work we put in in all offseason; the miles we logged during the summer, the extra workouts, the weight room, sprint workouts.”

“Those different things that we’ve put a lot of time in and a lot of people don’t get to see that side,” Burgess continued. “Just all that extra time rewards you. You’re satisfied about what you’ve done, but you know you’re still hungry.”

The Pony boys will open up the 2024 State Class ‘A’ Boys Basketball Tournament against the champions of the Western ‘A’, Hamilton on March 7th around 5pm from the Butte Civic Center.

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