Wiesbaden High School winter sports Warriors were in action for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe basketball and cheerleading championships Feb. 18-21 and the wrestling tournament Feb. 13-14. For some athletes, back-to-back championships were the name of the game.
The Lady Warriors basketball team defended their championship title from last year, and Hunter Lunasin pinned Colten Menges of Lakenheath to win the 220-pound division in wrestling. Matthew Hall won by decision over Robert Maldonado of Vicenza in the 152-pound division, and the Wiesbaden team came in sixth in the Division I category with 97 points.
The Wiesbaden boys’ basketball team was anxious to get to the finals again this year and best their runner-up title, but they struggled from day one to gain the upper hand. They fell short to Lakenheath 48-41 in the first day of pool play Feb. 18. They almost rallied to victory in a back-and-forth fight to the death against the Naples Wildcats 43-41 on day two but came up short in the final seconds. Coach David Brown, looking back on his second season as head coach, looked instead at the big picture.
“A lot of people will look at the end of the season but the bigger issue is the level of growth, especially of the young players,” he said. “The original roster from November had eight JV guys on the tournament team. We faced a lot of adversity and surprise PCS [permanent change of station] moves. I’m excited about what the young guys were able to accomplish, and I’m very proud of our seniors for stepping up during adversity.”