By Luke Litwiller, OHS Torch Reporter
For the first time since 2010, the Olympia High School basketball team is a Regional Champion, after defeating the Farmington Farmers 66-65 in the championship game on Friday, February 24th.
The contest was close throughout as the two teams were within six points of each other the entire time. The game came down to the last possession, in which Olympia’s Charles Payton blocked the potential game winning shot by Farmington’s Jarod DePriest as the buzzer expired.
“Everyone who entered the game for us stepped up and hit big shots while playing great defense, I’m so proud of all my guys,” said Olympia coach Doug Yoder.
Payton scored a team high 24 points for Olympia en route to the win, while Eric Higgs supplied most of the offense for the Farmers by scoring 40 points. Luke Litwiller and Trey Wilson added a combined 22 points for the Spartans as well.
A classic scene of celebration occurred following the final buzzer as Olympia’s fans stormed the court to congratulate the players who had already begun to celebrate themselves. The excited jumping and yelling of fans and players alike did not stop until the presentation of the regional plaque.
“When the buzzer hit zero, I just started going crazy with my teammates because this is what we have been working for all season,” said Junior point guard Mason Marquis.
Now the Spartans get to return to their home gym for their sectional semi-final matchup against the number one ranked team in class 2A, Quincy Notre Dame. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm.
The winner of that game will advance to play in the sectional final against the winner of the other sectional semi-final matchup of the Tremont Turks and the Williamsville bullets. The sectional final will also be hosted by Olympia and is scheduled for Friday, March 3rd at 7pm.