Goldenrod Conference Basketball Success!

The 2023 Goldenrod Conference Basketball Tournament took place in mid-January, and both our boys’ and girls’ teams performed remarkably well! The Lady Eagles finished the tournament as Runner-Up and the Boys won the Conference Title.

The first-round games for both the boys and the girls’ teams proved to be rather easy wins with the girls besting Heartland Lutheran 79-19, and the boys taking out St. Edward in a 64-37 victory. The second round proved to be closer in competition with the Lady Eagles winning over Fullerton 43-34, and the boys winning in a close match of 45-42 against Riverside. 

In the championship game, both Eagle teams went up against Humphrey St. Francis. The start of the girl’s game was neck and neck and then slowly faded in favor of the Flyers. With the unpopular ability of the Flyers to drain the game clock, and NC getting into early foul trouble, St. Francis was able to take the game with a final score of 52-38, which placed the Lady Eagles as Runner-Up in the competition. Throughout the game, the Eagles were able to transition between three different defenses and eventually ended up working together better as a team. The coaches and the rest of Eagle Nation are incredibly proud of these girls.

For the boy’s game, the victory was credited to the fact that they could maintain and control the pace of the game. When the paint was shut down by the Flyer’s defense, the Eagles were able to quickly turn to their outside game. Throughout the competition, the level of poise and control from the Eagles in comparison to the previous matchup between these two teams was evident. During their first competition in December, NC lost by 17 points, but the coaches and team were able to refocus their energy in order to turn the tides this time. This win was a goal that the boys were hoping to accomplish this season, and thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, it paid off. The boys ended up winning with a final score of 69-56.

The boy’s Conference Championship win was the second in school history and the first in nearly twenty years. NC Alum and Boys Assistant Coach Drew Schreiber (‘04) had the unique experience of being a part of both teams. During the 2004 competition, NC faced the Greeley/Wolbach Titans who were rated second in the state in D-1 at the time. The Eagles marched to victory with a final score of 59-48. That game proved to be one of the most memorable wins of their season. This time, Coach Schreiber had the opportunity to watch his son, senior Riley Schreiber, along with the rest of the varsity Eagles basketball team achieve the same goal he had during the 2003-2004 season.

Congratulations to both of our Eagle basketball teams! We are so proud of all you have accomplished so far this season!


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