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McKenna Romick, Staff writer

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Coach Roger Trennepohl has been the Alliance Boys Basketball’s head coach for the past four years. He has worked with and has seen amazing athletes each year. This year he is losing seven seniors, six of them who started on this high school basketball journey the same year, 2013.

Coach Trennepohl applied, interviewed, and got the head coach position in the spring of 2013. He was looking for a head coach position after his son finished his college basketball career. Even with all the other offers from other schools, he decided to stay and be a Bulldog for his family, the relationship he had with the senior graduating class of 2014, and all the talent in the younger classes.

Each year he knew his boys had the talent to compete for a district championship and a chance at state, but his main focus was to first create a strong program. Coach said, “I believe there are four solid principles behind a successful program. First comes discipline and expectations, from that you get skill, and lastly you make a competitive family.” A family is exactly what that team has become.

This year is the first year the AHS boys basketball team qualified for state under the coaching of Trennepohl. State Basketball was held in Lincoln, Nebraska,  March 9-11; where the Alliance boys won the first round against Platteview, 65-60 qualifying them for the semi-finals. The next round they played #1 ranked Gretna and lost 46-73, but there wasn’t a second out on that court they didn’t play with their whole heart.

After the loss at state, Freshman coach Ryan Waters was talking to the team. While he was telling the boys not to dwell on the loss, but to celebrate all the memories and to have fun the rest of the trip; senior, Kyle King responded “We don’t need permission to have fun.” Hearing all the stories after all the boys got home, you could tell that the defeat didn’t stop the boys from having an amazing experience.

So now the season is over and the seniors this year have set the bar high. They have done everything I have ever asked” said coach Trennepohl. Throughout all four years they have created a family and the question now is, is it here to stay?

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