Monroe Catholic Rams make 4A debut in Silent Night game

Boys and girls teams beat Lathrop with 49 points
Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 6:56 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The 2021-2022 high school basketball season began on Friday the 17th with a game between the Hutchison Hawks and the Tri-Valley Warriors. However, the high light of the night would take place over at Lathrop high school.

The Malemutes hosted the Silent Night game honoring late coach Joe Tremarello. During this game the audience and the announcer are to remain silent until one of the two teams reaches 10 points. That particular point of pride went to the Rams jumping from 9 to 11 points total, sounding the crowd back to their cheers. The first quarter would end 14-10 in favor of Monroe. In the second quarter the Rams scored another 19 points to the Malemutes 11 meaning they would end the first half with an 11 point lead. The third quarter saw low scoring with only 8 points coming out of Lathrop while the Rams added 9 each in the third and fourth quarters. The game would stay close as the Rams and the Malemutes battled for the win, but it would be Monroe that also took the pleasure of claiming the win for the game, starting their first 4A season with big boost. The ending score for this game was 49-43, Monroe.

Frank Ostanik, head coach of the Ram’s boys basketball team had this to say about their debut and the results of that debut.

“No matter how ridiculous it is, or how awful and organization a-s-a-a is, the reality is this: nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. we have to... nobody’s going to come rescue us. We have to find the solutions, and the solutions have to be the guys wearing the blue uniforms that say Monroe Catholic on them. We have to find the answers. Nobody else is going to do it for us.”

“Well look, this game has been played longer than any game in this community in any sport. This is the most important game that’s played in this town in my mind in any sport. Monroe Catholic vs. Lathrop, it’s the game that our alum care the most about, it matters the most right so anytime you win that game, and it’s gonna be played many more times this year, it’ll only get harder, right. It’s a big deal.”

For the girls, the game would start out with low scoring; the first quarter ending 10-7 and the second 8-5. with a Lathrop advantage. In the third however, the Rams stepped up the level of intensity in the third scoring 20 additional points. The Rams kept Lathrop limited for baskets allowing only 3 points from the purple and gold but would go on to score 17 more points ending the game 49-32.

For the other four games that night, Tri-Valley won the girls game 40-24, while the Hawks took the W for the boys 56-24, 24 also being the total points scored by Hutchison’s Ryan Young. For the game between West Valley and Eielson, the wolfpack took the win for both boys and girls. The girls ended with a score of 53-27. The Wolfpack boys swep the Ravens 73-18 with a huge credit going to Stewart Erhart scoring 28 points, 4 of those baskets being 3-pointers, along with Tyrip Luke with 22 points.

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