Boys basketball on the path to state


Kelsey Cook

The Perry boys basketball team pre-game pep talk on their senior night.

As the season dwindles down to the last game the Perry Boys Basketball team is playing their hearts out to finish strong.

Beginning February (date), the playoffs will begin for Arizona boys varsity teams, each fighting for that final win and state champion trophy.

“This time of year we are just trying to clean up little things right now, rebounding and defense,” head coach Sam Duane said, “just getting about as sharp as we can get right now.” With four year consecutive state winning coach Duane, the boys are sure to be pushing themselves to achieve the best they can.

But what sets the boys apart is also what they do outside the gym. Senior Tate Speaker is a double athlete who along with varsity basketball, plays varsity football for Perry and in previous years, varsity volleyball as well.

The start to his life of athletics was early, “I played basketball since 7th grade and football since 4th grade.” Speaker said. “I’ve made a lot of new friends and teammates with each sport and I think playing a few sports allows you to meet new people and gives you different skills.”

Speaker is currently committed to play division one football at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona along with several offers from a few division three schools. After completing his two year mission, he will continue his football career at NAU.