Boardman has raised expectations for its boys basketball team in the last four years.
There was a time when making a district semifinal would elicit a “we’re just happy to be here” vibe, but the Spartans are disappointed to see the season end with a 61-47 loss to Green in the Canton Civic Center on Thursday night.
“When I first got here, we were just trying to have a winning season — let alone make it to a district championship,” Boardman senior Cam Kreps said. “I’m more than confident [in this team]. The culture has changed. We made two district semifinals in three years and while we took a step back last year, I know that’s not going to happen again.”
Thursday’s loss marked the end of a 17-game winning streak, one that included decisive wins against the likes of Poland, Canfield and Warren Harding.
“It was a hell of a ride. We did some great things — things we haven’t done before,” Spartans guard Che Trevena said. “We just didn’t want it to end.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.