Mix and Match like Gray and White
Added White, "We met each other after the 8th grade and we started playing AAU basketball together, but we really didn't become closer friends until we got to Rock Bridge and we started playing basketball and football together and seeing each other every day."
Gray and White have had standout careers at Rock Bridge, although they have not won a state championship. This fall's football team was top-ranked in Missouri for most of the season, but lost in the district playoffs to Blue Springs.
"It was really hard to recover after that one," White admitted. "Also, last year in basketball we were 25-1 and we lost. So, just really similar to this year in football. Hopefully, keep working hard and something good will happen to finish out our senior year."
Rock Bridge basketball was also ranked first last season before losing in the sectionals. Coach Jim Scanlon thinks this team can do better if seniors like Gray and White step up.
"You go as far as your seniors take you, and usually when we've been good our seniors have been good," said Scanlon.
It's the final chance for Gray, who has played varsity football and basketball all four years, and White, who has played both for two years, to leave Rock Bridge with a state championship.
The boys' basketball team home opener is next Tuesday, Dec. 12, against Marshall.