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Warriors place first at home tournament
The Mae Hensley Jr. High seventh-grade boys basketball team placed first at its home tournament for the fourth time in five years, defeating crosstown rival Blaker-Kinser 40-22 for the championship in front of a large crowd on Saturday, Jan. 16.

"We've had a lot of good, talented kids," Warriors head coach Rusty Stivers said.

Harman Chung, and twins Brad and Brent Bussard, and Caleb McDade led the way as Mae Hensley held a 20-5 advantage in the early going of the title game.

"We played aggressively on defense and we had a lot of transition baskets," Stivers said.

The Warriors won all three games at their own tournament and moved to 7-1 on the year.

Mae Hensley and Blaker-Kinser will battle two more times this season.

The Warriors will be seeking additional bragging rights.

The Sharks want to exact revenge.

"It's been pretty even during the regular season," Stivers said while talking about the history of the Mae Hensley-Blaker-Kinser rivalry. "A lot of the kids know each other from living in the same town. They played against each other when they were younger."