Each player on Central Coosa’s boys basketball squad woke up this morning hoping to become a state champion by the end of today.
We are crossing our fingers for the same.
The Cougars have earned a spot in the AHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Championship and are facing Sacred Heart at 10:45 a.m. at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
There is a lot of pressure on those boys today and they are in our thoughts as they play their hearts out on the hardwood. We predict it to be a close game, which could undoubtedly bring a lot of anxiety to the players as well as their loved ones watching them from off the court. However, we hope the players also just enjoy the experience and have fun.
These kids and coach Jeremy Freeman have worked hard to get to this point. They have put in the hard work and sweat and have finally made it as far as you can go. Their last step is just to win.
While we’re hoping for the best possible outcome, it could go either way. Central Coosa has its work cut out for it, as the Cardinals are a talented team. However, so are the Cougars, and they’re going to put their all in today’s game to try and wind up on the winning side of the score.
“We’ve been an underdog all year,” Freeman said. “A lot of teams look at us and don’t think we can play, but we’re going to play. We’re coming there to play the game and to win, and that’s just how it goes. At this time of the year, there’s only two teams, and we’ve got to be one of the best because we’re there too.”
No matter how this morning’s game ends, the Cougars’ hard work should be recognized. Freeman is right — the Cougars are in this championship today because they are one of the best in the state. They have earned it and certainly deserve it.
We applaud Freeman for being a great coach, and we’re proud of the kids for making it this far.
Despite what the scoreboard says when the game’s over, the Cougars are winners in our book.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the Weekend Outlook to see how the Cougars fared in today’s game.