School has declared a ‘Pink Out’ for breast cancer awarness
Glenbrook will honor their senior basketball players as they host Mt. Olive in their annual Senior Night.
In addition the school has also declared a Pink Out to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and cancer in general.
"This topic hits our team hard," Apache head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "Wesley Hicks' mother fought a battle with breast cancer last year and our Assistant Coach, Travis Hill's father is currently in the hospital fighting cancer.
We encourage everyone to come support our seniors and wear pink for breast cancer, but keep in mind the other forms of cancer that affect people each day."
The Apaches improved to 22-3 overall and 11-0 in district with a win over Union Christian on Tuesday and will have five seniors honored tonight.
"Each of these young men will forever hold a very special place in my heart," Kourvelas said. "Some have been with me since my first day at Glenbrook and others have joined at various times, but in all, they have been there for me during tough times, they have played so hard for us and our school. I have watched each of them develop into good ball players, but more than that, I have watched each of them grow and mature as young men."
Wesley Hicks, Cory Walker, Zach Specht, Austin Palmier and Caydan Maloney are the five Apaches seniors that will be honored tonight.
"I wish Austin would have come to Glenbrook earlier," Kourvelas said. "He is a great athlete and I would have loved been able to work with him longer than just one year. We will definitely miss Austin's heart and effort when he graduates."
This was Maloney's first year of basketball at Glenbrook.
"Caydan has improved so much from the beginning of the season," Kourvelas said. "When he came in from football, he was really rusty, especially with his footwork. However, he has worked very hard and has improved not only that aspect, but also his rebounding and defensive technique."
Kourvelas said the team will miss Walker's defensive tenacity.
"Cory has brought a big defensive effort to the table for us," he said. "He came in as a quiet sophomore three years ago and has developed into a really great athlete."
Hicks and Specht have turned into quite a tandem for the Apaches this season.
"When Wesley first came in, I did not know what to think," Kourvelas said. "He was one of the biggest kids who played ball at Glenbrook and I was and still am very excited about having him a part of our team. In his two short years on the team, he has averaged 10.5 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game."
"Specht (as his is known to the rest of the team) has been a tremendous asset to our team the last few years.," Kourvelas said. "He is one of a kind, hand has been a quiet leader. In the four years Specht has played varsity, he has averaged 9.3 points and 7 rebounds per game. He also currently sits at 699 career points, so he will defnitely hit the 700 point mark tonight vs Mt. Olive."
The Lady Apaches improved to 8-16 overall and 4-7 in district with Tuesday's 48-27 win over Union Christian.
"This team has been getting better and better all year long," Lady Apache head coach Gary Harris said. "Our record isn't great, but we're playing our best basketball right now. And I know it sounds cliché' but that's exactly what you want as a coach."
Harris is glad the school will honor his seniors tonight, and is looking forward to them playing well.
"Hopefully we'll send them out in their last home game with a big win," he said. " We're going to have to play well. With Tuesday's win, we are in really good shape to make it to the regional tournament next week. That's a big step for this team right now. I'm really proud of our girls for coming out and playing well."
Kate Tracy and Keely Kidd are the two seniors for the Lady Apaches.
The Apaches and Lady Apaches will finish up their district schedule at Franklin Academy on Friday.