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Spartans shoot for state tournament

Published On: Dec 02 2013 07:05:35 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The start of the high school basketball season is approaching fast. Every team across the Treasure State has a clean slate, as well as hopes of being named state champs. The Sentinel Spartan boys hope they have what it takes this year to make it to state.

"It's been a long time," said Sentinel head basketball coach Jay Jagelski. "It's been quite a few months we've been playing with the boys, but we're ready to get it going again and looking forward to a great season."

"We've been looking forward to it for a long time ," said Spartan senior Austin Violette. "We had a lot of seniors that are playing basketball together that are also on the football team, and when football ended we started playing together a couple days every week. We've been really excited to get going now that it's finally here we're jacked."

The Spartans return plenty of experience to the court this season and they hope their leadership will help produce wins.

"Playing together these first couple of weeks is going to be really important," said Sentinel senior Kagen Khameneh. "It's going to be key, we don't want to have a season like we did last year. We have really high expectations so that experience is really going to help us reach those goals."

"Playing together all summer we've developed a lot of team chemistry," said Violette. "When you've had a lot of guys with a lot of experience they know what it takes every single night. "We're not going to have guys that are going to have to get used to playing varsity they're going to know what it takes at that level and be ready to go."

The Spartans have high expectations this year after failing to make it to the state tournament last season.

"These kids are on a mission, they are determined to be a very successful group, said Jagelski. "They're ready to win and they're going to see some great results."

"This year we expect to win the west," said Violette. "We expect to beat out everybody and we don't expect to lose in out gym. We're going to go on the road every night and battle because 'AA' road games are tough, but as far as home games go we don't expect to lose in our own gym."

"Make it to Billings in March, that's the main goal, said Khameneh. "Whatever else comes we'll be happy with, but that's the main goal for us and pretty much everyone."

The first test for Sentinel will be a road game at Billings Senior Dec. 13. at 7:30 pm.