The Winter Sports Season has been full of ups and downs across all sports here at Upper Merion. We have had a beautiful debut of new facilities such as the Vikings Aquatics Center, and the Valhalla Gymnasium. Baskets have been netted in the Valhalla, while splashes have been made in the Aquatics Center. Through all the action, today we will shine the spotlight on the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams.
On the Boy’s side of the ball, they currently sit at an overall record of 8-7, however, they are a strong 6-3 in the Frontier Division. This record also places them on top of the division, at the #1 Seed (at the time of writing). They have had strong showcases amongst their entire roster. Most recently, at the time of writing this article, a home win against Methacton in the Valhalla. They dominated the higher seeded team, with a strong scoring performance by Colin Hirshorn, Nick Smiley, and Madison Tatom, as well as fantastic ball work and rebounds by Tatom and Elijah Davis. The night before, the Vikings had a significant victory over division leader Pottstown on the road, which was massive in boosting their Frontier Division record. Two major wins on higher seeded teams, while on a back to back, screams major future success for the boys. The Vikings will also have a tall task to fill next year, as they should be quite good with most of their current starting roster moving up to the Senior Class.
Flipping the coin, The Girls Basketball Team currently has an overall record of 6-9, and have shared many successes alongside the Boys team. At the time of writing, their most recent game was a solid victory at home over Pottstown. Kennedy Coles put up 28 points in the victory, a historic performance by both her, and the entire Lady Vikings Squad. Looking to turn their season around and get back to .500, the win over Pottstown was a crucial stepping stone towards exactly that. The Lady Vikings have dealt with a couple of roster issues this season, which has not made things easy by any means. Despite the setbacks, they have continued with recent success, through a near impossible situation. Most of their roster depth has been severely limited due to injuries and illness among players. As these issues are worked out over the final games of the season, they will look to make a final rally to improve their record and potentially eye a playoff spot.
All together, the future is bright for Upper Merion Basketball, and there is a lot to look forward to for both the Boys’ and the Girls’ teams. Here’s to Upper Merion finishing their season strong, and continuing their successes into next year’s season and all that come after that!