It’s been a dream season for the Morenci Wildcats boys hoops team. They were ranked #1 for the first time in recent history and Friday night they wrapped up the regular season 2A East Region Title by taking out Tombstone 65-42. In the process they had two players, Jordan Leonard and John Olmsted, pass 1,000 career points.
Leonard came into the game needing just 1 point to get into the 1K club. He went off for 19 points.He hit 1,002 points with a three point FG with 4:43 left in 1st quarter.
Jordan Leonard – “It’s an honor to be a part of the group. I feel that I’ve come a long way from scoring just 17 points my entire freshman year. I want to thank all my family and friends and teammates through the years. It’s great to do it with John as well we have been together since 6th grade.”
Olmsted came into the final regular season game needing just 5 points to join the club. He finished with 16 points and hit 1,001 points with a layup with 6:40 to go in the 2nd quarter.
John Olmsted- “It’s a great feeling to be able have done it, not many get to do it. To be able to do it in the same nights as Jordan it makes it that much better. We’ve been playing together since 6th grade and it’s great to be able to hit that milestone with him.”
Coach Hepper- “This is a great accomplishment for these two young men. It’s a great accomplishment for our program as well. It just shows the hard work and dedication from everyone that’s been a part of it. I’m just happy for everyone involved the school, program, kids, family. It’s perfect for it to happen at home on senior night as well. It wasn’t planned that way back 4 years ago. While they accomplished This milestone our other seniors Ryan Hayes, and Matt Silvester deserve tons of credit as well for being with these guys for years.”
The ‘Cats will host the 2A East Region Tournament as the #1 seed. This is the first conference championship for Morenci since the 1978 season. Regardless of the outcome of the region tournament, the Wildcats will qualify as a high seed for the 2A State Tournament.