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Bulldogs mark consecutive state appearances

GRANGEVILLE — Boys basketball head coach Skip Hall and the GHS Bulldogs marked their first back-to-back state tournament appearances since 1998 at the Grangeville High School winter sports banquet last Tuesday night, March 11.

“I expect us to continue to be relevant at the state level,” Hall told the gathered boys basketball boosters and parents.

Hall held out high praise for supporters including the band, cheerleaders, administrators Steve Higgins and Matt Dame, and his assistant coaches before speaking a bit about each of his players.

“Each of these guys made us better,” Hall said, holding out special mention for outgoing seniors Jasper Sabatino, Quaid Blankenship, Josh Dame, Alex Koberstein and Tanner Higgins.

Hall noted Sabatino’s efficiency, Blankenship’s quickness, Dame’s rebounding, Koberstein’s persistence, and Higgins’ character.

Dame and junior Michael Wilson had been recognized by the Central Idaho League coaches, who named them co-MVPs while naming Hall “coach of the year.”

“That says a lot about the respect Josh has earned around the state,” Hall said.

He praised each player on the squad: Dylan Canaday, “Wormy” (Austin) Parks, Layton Harris, Garrett Kennedy, Max Cawley and Jake Stokes.

Team members named Cawley “most improved” and seniors Sabatino and Higgins co-“most inspirational.” The coaches feted Harris (top rookie), Blankenship (top defender) and Koberstein and Parks (co-most dedicated).

“What a great bunch of kids,” Hall said.

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