The Dimond High School Lynx showed promise in 2013, making it all the way to the state semifinals where they lost to Service High School. This year, few players on the team are hiding the desire to get back to the tournament and take it one step further.
And no one wants the championship more than the upperclassmen.
“Our whole defense besides three people are seniors, so this senior class is heavy,” said senior nose guard and center Isaiah Pili. “It’s our last shot.”
Even non-seniors are feeling the pressure to win.
“I’ve been playing with these seniors since we were little,” said junior running back JJ Tanuvasa. “I feel like all the underclassmen owe it to them to make this championship game.”
Dimond is the last large school to claim consecutive state titles, but the Lynx haven’t won a state championship in 13 years. Head Coach Chris Borst says he’s ready to change that.
“I’ve watched some of my friends as coaches go and win championships as well as a lot of kids that I know that have gone on and won championships,” Borst said. “I’m itching for our program to get right back in there.”
In his fifth season as head coach, Borst says he’s happy with the way his system is sinking in.
“The kids believe in what we’re doing, confident in what we’re doing and that makes so much difference,” said Borst, adding that it’s all about attitude. “When you know that you can compete, and you know that the things that you’re doing are going to be able to make you competitive, I think that makes a huge difference.”
Hopefully, it’s enough of a difference to put the Lynx on top in 2014.