2012-13 Windham High School boys basketball team / Photo courtesy Windham athletic director Jeff States
The Windham High School boys basketball team knew before the start of the season that this winter would be its final as a member of the Portage Trail Conference.
The school's administration announced in the fall that all of its sports teams would be joining the Northeastern Athletic Conference at the start of the 2013-14 academic year due to declining enrollment.
With a new conference affiliation looming, the hoops squad set out to leave a lasting impression in its final campaign as a PTC County Division member school.
"Our goal this year was to win the league," Windham head coach Marty Hill said. "We have great [athletic] tradition at Windham and we wanted to finish our season by winning the league."
The Bombers didn't just accomplish their goal, but did so in convincing fashion, posting a 14-0 conference mark en route to being crowned PTC County Division champions.
Behind the leadership and on-court skills of senior captains Matt Knight and Cameron Pozsgai, Windham experienced the same level of success against nonconference foes. The Bombers' (21-2) only two losses this season have come against Berlin Hiland and Leavittsburg LaBrae.
In a season with few low points, the loss to the Hiland Hawks on Dec. 27 helped the Bombers refocus.
"I thought we learned we had to play a little more consistent for 32 minutes, which I think we have done the rest of the season," Hill said about the team's first loss.
Knight, who is averaging 16.8 points and four assists per game, and Pozsgai, who is averaging 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, were recently named the league's Co-MVPs.
"They've provided great leadership for us and are finishing up great careers here," Hill said about the four-year letterwinners. "They both also play other sports, so they've had very good senior years thus far."
Parker Rickey, another starter and first-team All-PTC selection, is averaging 13.3 points and five rebounds this season.
Windham is set to play Cortland Maplewood in a Division IV Warren District Tournament semifinal contest on Tuesday.
The key to the Bombers continuing their postseason run, according to Hill, is remaining consistent.
"We'll have to continue to play consistent basketball for 32 minutes," Hill said. "Everybody has that goal. The teams that do it will advance. The others get to go home."
Hill recently answered questions about the Bombers and their season thus far for WKYC's usatodayhss.com Web site.
WKYC's usatodayhss.com Web site: What are three adjectives that describe your team and/or its play thus far?
Windham boys basketball coach Marty Hill: Small, quick and aggressive.
WKYC: What has been your team's greatest strength this season?
Hill: Our quickness and teamwork.
WKYC: What has been your team's biggest weakness this season?
Hill: We're not a very big team. Sometimes, we struggle if the other team has big players.
WKYC: Who has been your team's unsung hero this season? Why?
Hill: Jared Taylor, our point guard. He averages about eight-and-a-half points per game, but his contributions go beyond just the statistics. He's a real spark plug for us, both offensively and defensively. He sets up our offense and has been a big key for us all year.
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