What a difference three months can make! Don't believe it? Just ask the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.
The Knights kicked off their 2004-05 season at the Sunnyside High School Jamboree, and looked anything but impressive. In fact, they barely resembled a team. Three months later, the Knights were traveling back home from Spokane with the State 'B' championship trophy in hand.
What a season! What a team!
Congratulations are in order for not only capturing the third State championship in school history, but for representing the community of Sunnyside in such fine fashion. The Knights, without any real superstars on their squad, exhibited to all what can be accomplished when teamwork, selfless play and common goals are the main order of business. They climbed the ladder and rang the bell...went for the gold...left it all out on the court-and they were justly rewarded with the top prize.
We'd be neglectful in not mentioning that Coach Dean Wagenaar has had a hand in all three State boys basketball titles the school has won. Wagenaar was an assistant under Coach Bob Rip when the school won its first State crown back in 1992. He was the head coach when the SCHS boys team earned its second State title in 2002, and was at the helm again this year when the Knights finished as the top 'B' team in the state.
Those who know Wagenaar realize he has a real passion for the game of basketball. They also know he is a man of principle, of Christian beliefs and high morals, who trys to instill those characteristics into the student-athletes he tutors on an almost daily basis. Watching this season's Knights both on and off the court, it is clearly apparent the traits Wagenaar exhibits have rubbed off on his players.
It's a classy bunch of guys who brought home the State championship trophy from Spokane last week. The community is fortunate it can claim Sunnyside Christian High School as one of its assets.