By Ben Murphy
Harrison’s season of marked improvement came to an end Monday night, falling to a strong Big Rapids team 74-31 in its class ‘B’ district opener.
“We went up against a power house,” Harrison head coach Jim Hoshield said of the Cardinals. “They drained 11 three pointers in the first half and never looked back.”
On Saturday, the Hornets hosted Jack Pine Conference champion Meridian and fell to the Mustangs 58-30.
Todd Stier, Michael Taylor and Thomas Nunnally all scored six points.
On Thursday, Feb. 27 Harrison played at Houghton Lake in another JPC game, but lost 59-46.
Matt Haskell led the Hornets with 11 points, Bret Coughlin and Justin Yager both had 10. Clay Dennis put in eight points.
Harrison ends the season 4-16 overall and 3-11 in the JPC, this coming off the heels of a winless season in 2012-13.
“This year was a good year,” Hoshield said. “We did some things on the floor that surprised some people and we were in most games. We had a lot of pride and determination not to give up. We fell behind in some games but battled back and that showed the true grit of this team.”
The Hornets graduate seniors Matt Haskell, Justin Yager, Todd Steir and Bryce Osborn.
“These young men gave me everything they had on the court all the time,” Hoshield said of the seniors. “They should hold their heads up high when they talk about Harrison basketball.”
The coach believes that the program should only continue to improve in the future.
“I am returning a solid bunch of players from my junior class and I am picking up a real good upcoming sophomore class,” Hoshield said. “I was happy for what the boys gave me this year and I am really excited about the future of Harrison basketball… this team is ready to bust out and show the conference what we are all about.
“I would like to thank the fans from Harrison, especially the parents for all their help this year,” Hoshield added. “I started with 14 ball players and I ended up with 14 ball players, that is unheard of in high school sports and that is a commitment form the whole family.”