The Forestburg Longhorns won eleven straight games. Then they faced their first district loss to Midway on Tuesday, but the loss doesn’t put their end goal out of reach.
“We want to go to the playoffs but we want to go to the playoffs as district champs, and that’s what we’re after,” says Forestburg head coach, Steve Sandusky.
Plus, Sandusky believes the loss put things into perspective for his team. Especially when the boys are competing for a district title in a very even district where anyone could beat anyone.
“I learned that we’re beatable. We’re not the best. That people can still beat us,” says senior, Stevie Carroll.
Senior, Skyler Sandusky adds, “It was not fun, but you learn from your mistakes. It was a fun game, and sure we made a lot of mistakes, but we can learn from that, and come out on Friday and make up for those mistakes.”
The reality check comes at a good time for the Longhorns who just have to beat Slidell on Tuesday to win the district.
‘I tell the boys all the time, control what you can control. You can’t control the refs, but you can control rebounds, you can control shooting, and you can control bad passes. They’ve worked really hard and they’ve pulled together,” says Coach Sandusky.
This year will stand out for Coach Sandusky, not because of the win streak, but more so because of the composition of this team. Two of the starters are his sons.
“This year I’ve watched my boys grow up, my team grow up. Now, between me and Skyler, and Riley, my two boys, all the sudden, I’m the shortest one in the group! I’ve watched them grow up more ways than that. It’s been a blast. And having the win, loss record has been the icing on the cake. I would have loved it if we’d been 0-17. I like it better being 14-7 or whatever we are. But it’s been a blast.”
Skyler adds, “It teaches you to act like your parents are always watching. And in my case they are. I’m glad that he’s my coach. I’ll treat him like my coach on the court and at home. He’s my dad, he’s my coach, and he’s my brother.”
“When you play for me, you become my boys, but to say that and them to actually be my boys is a blessing from God. I appreciate it. It’s been a blast.”