Pitchin' with Pritch: Year winding down with lots of activities
The school year is winding down, but the activities are still going. State track is this weekend and state golf next week.
Congratulations are in order for the PCS Boys track team as they captured the district track championship last Friday and qualified in eight individual events and three relays for the state meet at Omaha Burke High School.
The boys making the trip are Jaden Dietlein, Colton Pouk, Matthew Hahn, Caden Waitley, Evan Sestak, Alex Patrick, Beau Wood, Triston Hite and Trye Hickey.
On the girls’ team, only one made it and that was Hailey Snyder in the triple jump. Congratulations to the PCS track coaches and good luck to all the qualifiers.
Back to some basketball. As I have mentioned before, the NBA plays all the way into June as the final series begins May 30.
I don’t really have a favorite team anymore, but I am more impressed with the Warriors than any other team I have seen in the playoffs up to now. They have a number of players who can shoot the ball from anywhere and they play some defense, but in my opinion, they have the philosophy that they will outscore you no matter how many points it takes.
I really thought that in game No. 5 of the playoffs series with Houston that maybe the Warriors were in big trouble because they lost Kevin Durant to a leg injury and had to play the second half of that game without him. The series was tied at two wins each and no Durant for the second half of game 5.
Durant was averaging 32 points per game in the playoffs so to lose him was more than just a little ding in the offense of Golden State, but Houston missed the chance of a lifetime and their big gun James Harden disappeared in the last half and the Warriors won 104-99. Houston put themselves in a must-win situation, but they had the next game in Houston and didn’t have to face Durant at all as he was rules out of the game because of the injury.
This game made me think that maybe the Warriors might just win the whole thing. Curry didn’t score in the first half and had three fouls and a bunch of turnovers, but got 33 in the second half and 16 in the last five minutes and the Warriors win at Houston and are in the Division championship game for the fifth straight year.
The Warriors got a combined 60 points out of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. They used 11 players during the game and some of the players had not seen that much playing time during the season and almost none in the playoffs, but it was a time when guys were ready when called upon and they produced at a high level and got the win in a very important game.
Good teams find ways to get the job done when the going gets tough.
This past week was a busy week. As always in the spring, there are activities and programs at school that showcase the students and the different activities they participate plus there was graduation and Mother’s Day.
Those two events usually bring a few some former