The Class B state bracket has been set with the last remaining eight teams moving on, one of those teams is Trinity.
In order to make it to state, the Titans had to beat Beulah, the team that they lost to earlier in the season.
“We’re all excited going into that championship game, we knew it was going to be a good game, Beulah’s a really good team, you know we came out with a lot of energy right away, and that’s what we needed, so that was big,” said senior Willy Jahner.
Now, that the Titans have qualified, they prepare to face their first opponent.
“We know it’s going to be a tough match-up. Kenmare’s a team that’s, you know going into the state tournament averaging second most points out of the eight teams that are there, so we know we’re going to have to do good job of the defensive end, and then we just continue what we do well,” said Trinity’s head coach Gregg Grinstinner.
“And you know, we have to guard, we have to develop inside-outside game, and then take care of the basketball. Those are the things that have carried us, you know, through the regional tournament and those are the things that carry us next week,” said Grinstinner.
Since the team hasn’t made it to state in a few years, some of the players are excited for something new.
Senior Benson Kramer said: “I think we had a pretty good season. Couple of bumps here and there, that’s pretty much with any team, really. I think just staying positive the whole time, and by the end you’ll be where you should be.”
Junior Shawn Stoltz says that Grinstinner has been there to help the team on this new journey.
“It’s kind of new for us, we haven’t been in this position before, but our coach, Grinstinner, he’s been here before, he knows what to do, so we’re just listening to him, looking for him, how to prepare. We’re just trying to do stuff as we did all year long, don’t change anything, and hopefully our outcome will stay the same.”
Trinity’s first game in quarterfinals is on Thursday in Minot at 8:15 central time, as they will take on Kenmare.