Varsity reserve played vital role for Mount Vernon boys

HS journalism: Hard work pays during games

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MOUNT VERNON — Varsity reserves games give players a chance to compete, a chance for those who don’t get much varsity playing time valuable experience.

The Mount Vernon boys’ varsity reserve recently lost a heartbreaker to Clear Creek Amana, 45-39, but for many the opportunity to play is all the matters.

“My favorite part about these games is we get a chance to show all of the hard work we have put into practice,” said Sayre Pollock, who has worked extremely hard over the years to improve his game and scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the Clippers. “My favorite player to play with would have to be Jordan Axtell. The kid plays extremely hard and tries to get other people shot opportunities.”

The heart and soul of the team is the 5-foot-6 Axtell, a senior who had Clear Creek Amana biting its fingernails after a couple of pullup jumpers to start the second half.

Axtell chipped in 7 points and also had many nice passes to get his teammates easy shots.

At one point in the second half, the Clippers’ coach was screaming to his players “Eyes on 30! Eyes on 30!” This is Axtell’s number.

The opposing coach knew they needed more than one defender to guard Axtell, who was leaving defenders in the dust.

Junior Garrett Welch finished with 10 points on this night.

“All of these guys come to practice every day with the mind-set to make us better,” said varsity player Cale Snedden. “All of the players on the team appreciate these guys a lot. They know that when we win, they contribute just as much as anyone else does.

“They act as the opposing team very well and make us tougher every day.”

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