NORTH PLATTE, NEB. (KNOP)- For the first time since 2014, the St. Pat's Irish boys basketball team will compete in the state tournament.
Coach O'Malley addresses the team during practice. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
The top seeded team in Class D1, the Irish will face Pleasanton Thursday morning at Lincoln East high school. With six years passing since St. Pat's last appearance, this will be a first time experience for all of the current players. That lack of experience though is not impacting the players confidence.
"I think the kids have a lot of confidence", said St. Pat's head coach Bill O'Malley. "I think you gain confidence through a successful season and they've certainly done what they needed to do to get where they are now."
Having lost just two games all season, St. Pat's feels that they can compete with anyone right now.
"We feel really good, we can compete, match up with anyone down there and we're going to do the best that we can", said St. Pat's senior Charles Aufdenkamp.
As for the Irish game plan heading into this one, senior Dolan Branch said it's important for the team to just continue playing the same style of basketball that they have been playing all year.
"Just make sure we keep playing our game. We're all excited, the jitters will be there but I think we'll be alright."