By Erin P
Walled Lake Central men’s varsity basketball team has been quite busy since the holiday season. The team has had five games since Christmas and moved their record to 7-3.
On December 30, the varsity team went down to Detroit Renaissance High School to play Cass Tech before the New Year. The team fought hard and kept it a close game, but ended up falling to Cass Tech 69-58. Senior Runako Ziegler had 28 points, senior Dylan Hudspeth scored 15 points, and junior Houston Tucker scored ten points.
The boys opened up the New Year with their first home game on January 4. They played Avondale and Central started out great. By the end of the game the score was 80-59 and Vikings took the win. Players who are deserving of honorable mention are Tucker who had 29 points, Ziegler with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Hudspeth with 8 points and 11 assists.
The Vikings played Waterford Mott at home on January 10 and kept the winning streak going with a victory over Mott 60-47. The three top players that led your Vikings to Victory were Ziegler with 23 points, Tucker with 15 points, and Hudspeth with ten points.
The team took on Walled Lake Western on January 13 at Western. This was a big rivalry game and both teams were hungry for the win. Central beat Western last year at Districts and went on to win the District title; so, the Warriors were out for Viking blood. Although Central fought hard and kept up a good fight, the victory went to Walled Lake Western with a score of 59-41.
The Vikings were out for a win after taking a tough loss from Western as they traveled to Lakeland to face the Eagles. From the beginning, their drive was obvious as they put 110% into every play. Central ended up on top, beating Lakeland 62-43. Ziegler was the star shooter with 28 points, Hudspeth got 15 points, and senior Anthony Qarana got 12 points.
Walled Lake Central is hoping to go all the way this year. Winning Districts last year and being knocked out in Regionals was heartbreaking in the 2015-16 season. In the 2014-15 season, the boys won Regionals and got knocked out in the semi-finals. The Vikings are ready for that State title and are planning on bringing it home this year.