Season ends for Elverado in Regional Semifinal against Steeleville
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
February 20, 2019
(Sesser, Ill.) - It was a fun - and historic - ride for the 2018-19 Elverado Falcons boys basketball team, but the season came to an end on February 20 in the Regional semifinals against Steeleville. The Warriors outscored EHS 29-15 after the half on their way to a 57-40 victory at Sesser-Valier.
“I’m proud of the season these guys had,” said Falcons head coach Jacob Emling. “They worked hard to accomplish everything they did. They have made us coaches, their school, and their community proud.”
The Falcons’ season ends with a record of 23-10, the most wins in school history for a single season. They also won their first regional game since 1992, and senior Aquntez Penn capped off a stellar career that saw him become the only 2,000-point scorer in the history of the program, and their all-time leading scorer.
The senior class itself became the winningest class in EHS boys basketball history despite starting off their careers with 25 consecutive losses.
“We will miss our seniors Trey Bernardini, Blaine Morse, Aquntez Penn, and Isaac Floyd,” Emling added. “I thank them for their dedication to the program. I’m looking forward to working with everyone else again next year.”
Dawson White, who will be the most experienced returning player next winter, led the Falcons against Steeleville with 13 points. Penn added 9, Floyd 7, Sam Alstat 6, and Bernardini 5.