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Eighth Grade Aggies Pull in Strong Season
by Donica Phifer
Feb 09, 2013 | 264 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KOSSUTH -- Twenty win seasons are the sort that high school and college teams dream about.

The Kossuth Eighth Grade Aggies added a plus one to their total, finishing the 2012-2013 season at a 21-1 record.

"What made us successful in this years group is that all the kids played well together," Kossuth Junior High Head Coach Scotty Shettles said, "We have some kids that can score and they worked hard on defense."

The team racked up three tournament wins during the season, including a win in the Junior High County Tournament where they beat in-county rival Corinth.

Aggie team member Nikolas Wilcher picked the win over the Warriors as his favorite moment of the season.

Wilcher's teammate Charlie Bonee named another tournament, "when we knew we were going to win the five-county tournament against Ripley, there was nothing like that," Bonee said.

The two tournament wins highlighted a record season for the Aggies, which also included a third title as Tri-County Champions.

"It really was a team effort, team work and people stepping up off the bench," Bonne said when asked about the success of the Aggies.

"They really came together and beat some very good teams this year, and that is something to be proud of," Shettles said, "they put in a lot of hard work this year."

With the team entering high school next year, Shettles says that the talent of the team could potentially add to the depth of the high school squad.

"I'm extremely proud of them because even when we would be down in games they never gave up -- we would come back and win," Shettles said, "They never gave up, which is the mark of a great team."

For Shettles, the Tri-County tournament and a season-sweep over a strong Central squad provided a highlight for the season.

"We just took everything one game at a time," Shettles said.

Both of the eighth grade squads wrapped up their season with an appearance at the Fed Ex-Forum in an exhibition game with Alcorn Central on February 8.
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