Written by Tom Knighton
Many basketball teams have a good year from time to time. I recall my high school team winning the GISA State Championship in 1989, then the Region Championship in 1992. Those were both good years. However, Deerfield-Windsor School has had a season for the ages.
First, both the Boy’s and Girl’s varsity teams snatched the region championship the past Saturday, with the boy’s team being now cross-town rival Sherwood Christian Academy to make it even sweeter. Two region championships are always great and will make for a sweet year all by itself. Like they say on television, “But wait, there’s more!”
The Deerfield Boy’s “C” team, which consists of 7th and 8th graders, had a perfect season. That 10-0 for those keeping score at home. In addition, the “B” team also boasts a perfect record at 17-0.
Again, that would be a pretty good year but, when coupled with the rest of the achievements you have something pretty amazing. Again though, I have to say, “but wait, there’s more!”
Saturday’s championship game was the 1,000th career win for Deerfield boy’s head coach Gordy Gruhl. Coach Gruhl, who now also serves as the athletic director at DWS, has been at this a long time. I played against his teams in High School and, quite frankly, we hated the guy. He always produced a good, solid team that was always tough to beat. As I went to Riverview Academy, what was then the cross-town rival, the Deerfield games were the most important ones of the season. He never made it easy on us, that’s for sure.
I want to wish the Deerfield-Windsor teams good luck as they go on to the state tournament this week in Macon. I hope I get to tout another couple of basketball state championships for Albany in next week’s paper, but if not that’s fine. By any measure, it’s been a dream-like year for Deerfield Windsor basketball.
(In White Uniforms) Deerfield’s “B” Team: Dallas Denney, Chap Ivey, Dallas Knight, Dee Barber, Jay Barber, Ryan Toole, Bailey Earnest, Will Calhoun, Matthew Fox, Christian Wallace, Wil Akins, Nick Michas, Dakarai Cutts, Austin Fallaw, Johnny Croley, Miles Espy
(In Blue Uniforms) Deerfield’s “C” Team: Ethan Shellhaas, Ben Shellhaas, Tyler Lowe, Antonia Watts, Corey Toole, Kris Gardner (6th grader), Trey Young, Chandler Matthews, TreVonte Grace, Jay Saunders, Steven Williams, Whit Turner, Michael Perrine, Charles Crosby, John Samual Shenker