Don't look now, but the Dorchester High School boys basketball team is taking this season into its own hands and turning around its fortunes.
At the start of the season, many skeptics were writing off the Longhorns, saying they lacked the depth and experience to be much of a factor in Class D-2.
But at mid-season, the boys team stands at 5 wins and 6 losses. There are at least 9 games left, including two road games next week and the all-important Crossroads Conference Tournament beginning next Saturday.
The record of 5-6 may not sound impressive to those looking in from the outside, but one of those losses came in a double overtime defeat to a strong Osceola team; another loss came on a half-court buzzer beater by Sterling. The DHS boys could very easily be over .500 right now.
On Friday night, the Longhorns were roughed up by an undefeated High Plains Community team -- one of the best squads in Class D-1. But looking ahead at the nine games (or more) remaining in the 2014-15 campaign, each contest is very winnable for DHS.
Longhorns' Head Coach Adrian Allen and his staff are credited for keeping the team's nose to the grindstone. From here on, the Longhorns will need steady leadership and maximum effort from players such as Corey Bird, Nixon Nerud, Leo Conte, Anthony Cordona and Tim Havlat.
You heard it here first: With the right focus, determination and grit, the DHS boys could very well be 14-7 or 13-8 by the third week of February.