The 2A Toledo boy's basketball team bow their heads in the Boomers' locker room before their Saturday, Feb. 24 playoff game against Lost River at home. The Boomers have gone two years without an attendance at the state tournament in Pendleton, Ore., and hope to end that drought in 2018.
Sophomore Connor Marchant (0) breaks through two Lost River defenders to score during the first quarter of the Saturday playoff game.
Junior Jaydn Spangler (1) celebrates Toledo's 70-59 victory over Lost River, which will send the team to their first state tournament in most of the players' careers.
A sign reminding the Boomers of the distance to the state tournament hangs in Head Coach Eddie Townsend's classroom throughout the year.
The Toledo Boomers hang out of a school district bus while saying goodbye to classmates before making the 336 mile drive to Pendleton, Ore.
Conner Marchant and Santana Hutchinson read the sports section in the lobby of the team's hotel while the players relax at the beginning of the state 2A basketball tournament.
Conner Marchant (o) is blocked by two Grant Union defenders during the team's second game of the tournament. High expectations were dashed early with a 44-51 loss to Oakland the previous day.
Head Coach Eddie Townsend talks with Junior Jaydn Spangler (1) while trying to salvage a win against Grant Union. "You cant be the best shooter in the state if you don't shoot," Townsend tells him after the game.
Townsend bows his head with seconds left on the clock in the Boomers' second loss of the tournament, falling 49-60 to Grant Union, and their elimination from post season play.
Senior Nate Cross is the last to leave the team's locker room following their elimination from the tournament. Cross is the only senior on the team and will end his high school career without seeing a state title.