Pacer Pride remains in spite of Regional loss to Forest Park

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Record shows the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team at 15-11.

  But — in a season where success is determined by more than just wins and losses — the loss on Saturday in the Class 2A Regional only temporarily dampens the spirit of what was an outstanding season filled with success — and challenges.

  The Pacer season ended with a 58-53 loss to Forest Park on Saturday afternoon — but not before Switzerland County made one final blistering run to try and gain the victory.

  The Switzerland County faithful were out in full voice, as Pacer fans numbered so many that they overflowed onto the section of the gym reserved for fans of the Batesville Bulldogs, who were playing in the second game of the day in the Class 3A Regional.

  It was loud — and it was orange.

  “They fought hard,” Pacer coach Travis Wrightsman said of his team. “We kind of got down early a little bit — I think it was just some early game jitters. Once we got slowed down and relaxed and got into the flow of the game, I thought our guys did a much better job of executing. Obviously down the stretch, we had the shot, and we just missed it to tie.”

  The coach was also appreciative of the Pacer crowd who made the trip.

  “That was really cool to see folks come to all the way to Seymour, I thought we had the biggest crowd there,” Wrightsman said. “We had huge support from the town of Vevay and all of Switzerland County.”

  The down side of this season is that Saturday was the final game for four seniors: Canaan Johnson, Bradley Romans, Dylan Sullivan, and Jacob Williams.

  Those four comprise the first group that has come through its high school career with Wrightsman — as he finishes his fourth year at the helm.

  “These guys are special, because that’s my first group,” the coach said. “Those four guys have been through thick and thin; from being around a program that went 3-21 their first year to winning a Sectional their senior year. They had to endure a lot in those four years. All four of those guys had some type of injury where they had to miss games. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They worked hard every year. They finished it off with a Sectional championship.”

  As the program will miss those four seniors, Wrightsman is also aware that there is a strong core of players returning — primed to make another run in the state tournament.

  “We had a solid jayvee group that I think went 12-7; and we’ve got three starters coming back from a Sectional championship team,” Wrightsman said. “Obviously there’s a lot of good young kids coming back and we’ve got good experience mixed in there with Cam (Craig) and Kadyn (Riley) and Cooper (Todd) — who started. We’ve got some other guys who got some solid minutes playing with the varsity, so we’re excited about the future of Pacer basketball.”

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  For a full recap of Saturdays Regional game, see page 6 of today’s edition.