By Mike Tupa
Copan High School’s boys basketball team has never stopped believing in it self.
Paced by Colt Raemhild with 40 points — perhaps a school record — the Hornets upended a mighty Bluejacket Chieftains squad, 64-58, in a Class B district championship game hosted by Copan.
Copan — which had fallen by double-digits during the regular season to Bluejacket — grabbed the lead for good with three minutes left.
Rounding out Copan’s scoring sheet were Garrick Askew with eight points, Aaron Hunt with seven, Sam Lannan with five, Colton Brizendine with two and Dalton King with two.
The Hornets — who are coached by Kevin Foreman — now advance to the winner’s bracket of the regionals.
Dewey 70, CVHS 55
Dewey High School’s boys basketball season reached Sweet Sixteen on Friday.
Fired up by Blayz Rippy with 26 points — 24 of them scored in the second half — the Bulldoggers rallied past Caney Valley, 70-55.
Dewey head coach Lance Knight — who saw his team improve to 16-5 — expressed strong praise for the performance of the Caney Valley Trojans.
In a previous meeting this season, Dewey thumped the Trojans, 66-40, without much trouble.
But, in Friday’s rematch, Caney Valley (10-12) outscored Dewey in the first half, 31-28.
“They (Caney Valley boys) played great,” said Knight. “They were hitting shots and we weren’t, and they were getting rebounds. They were holding us to one shot. They gave us all we wanted, that was for sure.”
Trailing at the intermission, Dewey turned it around in the third period to go ahead by seven, 48-41.
“We started shooting better,” said Knight, noting Rippy blossomed with two dozen points in the final two quarters.
“We also got Hayden (Thornton) a little more involved,” said Knight.
Thornton finished with 11 points as Dewey’s third-leading scorer. Caston Frye tallied 16 points to fit inbetween Rippy and Thornton. Kameron Hayes added nine.
Caney Valley turned to Christian power for most its offense.
Christian Ballew and Christian Colbert tallied 16 and 12 points, respectively, to fuel the scoring effort, followed by Cheyton Shepherd with nine.
Next up, Dewey plays host Tuesday to the Caney Valley (Kan.) Bullpups. Dewey is perhaps the only local school this season to play both area Caney Valley teams back-to-back. This will be Dewey’s final game prior to next weekend’s playoffs.
The Caney Valley Trojans travel Monday to Chelsea to wrap up the regular season.
Dewey 70, Caney Valley 55
Caney Valley 14-17-10-14—55
Christian Ballew 16, Christian Colbert 12, Cheyton Shepherd 9, Erick McLaughlin 6, Trenton Gagan 6, Brandon Fogle 4, Gunner Hawkins 2
Blayz Rippy 26, Caston Frye 16, Hayden Thornton 11, Kameron Hayes 9, Colby Henley 5, Grant Schreppel 2, Caden Baughn 1