Pirates are Bi-District champions

The Lytle Pirates celebrate their 96-63 victory over Columbus in this year’s playoff run. They fell to Cole in the next round, but had a great season. Photo courtesy of Vori Balderaz.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Lytle Pirates are the Bi-District Champions. They took down the Columbus Cardinals 96-63on February 22nd. Their season ended when they faced the 5th ranked team in the state, the Cole Cougars. They played a tough game but fell 56-86.
“Words can’t explain how excited my staff and I were for the boys, the community, and our parents for this great accomplishment. Our fast style of play and defensive pressure was on full display last night and led us to victory. The sophomore phenom Jordan Balderaz showed up and showed out with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Jacob Ulrich added 14 points with 12 in the 4th quarter alone. Juniors Matt Sanchez added 11 points and Bryson Duty added 14 points. Points aside it was a team effort. It takes all five on the court to play our relentless defensive style for 32 minutes.
Sophomore Jordan Balderaz could not be stopped in the paint and led the Pirates with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Cole game. Junior Bryson Duty once again came off the bench, gave the team energy, and scored 13 pts. As their coach I was so proud of how hard the entire team played against the defending state Finalist the Cole Cougars.” said Coach Jacob Hernandez
Lytle would like to recognize Seniors Carson Aldridge, Mark Cantu, and Logan Wilson. These three Pirates have shown great leadership in their basketball career.
They “went 1-10 as 8th graders but told me they would work their tails off to be great. Last night as they walked off the court as seniors, these boys won 67 varsity basketball games in 3 years, 1 district championship, three bi-district championships and 4 playoff appearances making the playoff roster as freshmen,” reported Coach Hernandez.
He would also like to send a hug thank you to his “staff, Coaches Frank Hernandez, Michael Gomez, Frank Scotello and Kim Ortegon for all the hard work and hours put in this season to make it a successful one. Thank You to the Nursing staff Mrs. Black and Liz, our administration Cumorah, Mrs. Center and Mrs. Smith for going above and beyond this year with all the added safety guidelines and protocols with Covid. Amazing job Ladies!!!!”
Lytle is looking forward to another great season next year and continued success with all of their sports programs.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer