Boys basketball prepares for districts against Webster


Hayley Counts

Kolade Osikoya (12) and Donovan Tritschler (11) cheer for their teammates as OHS came back to beat Parkway South on senior night, Feb. 19. The final score was 50-49.

After a long season of ups and downs, boys basketball is ready to compete in the district tournament.

Finishing the regular season with a 10-15 record, the Tigers will play their first district game against Webster Groves at Webster on March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

“This should be a good test for us,” starting forward Jake Meier said. “If we play as a team, we can win.”

Despite OHS boys basketball’s last encounter with Webster resulting in a loss of 75-26, the team still looks to compete for the title. According to head coach Nick Traxler, the younger players have really improved with key senior players leading the way. Traxler expects the players to finish strong.

“We’re looking to compete for the district title,” Traxler said. “It’ll be fun for everybody.”

OHS lost its last two games on the road against Parkway North and Kirkwood. However, the Tigers celebrated an exciting game on their senior night on Feb. 19 against Parkway South. OHS was losing 27-14 at halftime but won the game 50-49. The team scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to win. Donnell Paine (12) scored 14 points and had five blocks, and Brenden Gillmann (9) went 5 for 7 at the free throw line.

“We were all nervous, but we played a whole lot better,” starting guard Joe Green (12) said.

Hoping to bring back the magic from the senior night game, the Tigers are ready to head into districts.