On a night when the No. 2 ranked Newton boys (ranked No. 1 according to Maxpreps.com) would honor one of the current pillars of its program, a game Whitefield Academy team did its best spoiler routine.
Most preseason boys basketball polls had the Newton Rams boys ranked No. 5. But after a season opening week of blowout wins against ranked teams from varying classifications, expect the Rams to start inching up those rankings.
As the Newton Rams wrapped their arms around each other last Friday night, and swayed side to side while facing their marching band that played the slow rendition of its alma mater song, though you knew it was the end of their season, it didn't feel like a particularly sad ending.
Midway through the third quarter in Friday's playoff loss to top-ranked Mill Creek, J.J. Holloman had that look on his face that many senior athletes get when they realize their season and high school career is coming to an end.