On Wednesday, March 3rd, the Waldron Bulldogs checked another goal off their list as they defeated the Green Forest Tigers in the first round of the 3A-1 Regional at Bergman. The win qualifies the Bulldogs to take part in the 3A state tournament next week at Clinton. Only the top 16 teams in the state earn their way to play in the state tournament, but that’s not what the Dogs are thinking about. The Regional Tournament continues today and tomorrow for seeding at State and Waldron shows no signs of slowing down.
“Really proud of all of these guys who have stepped up and showed out all year. It really feels like somebody different puts us over the top each night,” said Waldron coach Josh Brown. Coach Brown is referring to the spectacular performance of senior guard Jaden Hutchens. Hutchens took over on the offensive end for the Bulldogs, especially in the 3rd quarter, and finished the night with 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting. Jaden netted 7 three-point baskets and added 4 assists as well.
Similar to all season, the Bulldogs weren’t a solo act, however, with Gada Wagner adding 15 and Isaac “The Real” Villarreal scoring 13. “These guys have put in the work and now it’s their time to start seeing that work pay off. We appreciate Bulldog nation supporting these guys, but we ain’t done yet!”
The Bulldogs face the Pirates of Cedarville tonight at 7:00 pm in the semi-final match-up. This will be the 3rd time these two teams have squared off with the Bulldogs taking both of the previous games. “When it comes to post-season basketball, records get thrown out. We are just trying to go 1 and 0 tonight and Fly the W!”