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Indians enter tourney as #2

February 18, 2014
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By TERESA CHIPMAN 

PHS sports writer

The Indians locked up second seed in the 4A 5th/ 6th District Tournament before Friday’s game against Minico.

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But the 72-34 victory was sweet for Preston’s three seniors Kyle Slade, Preston Hobbs and Bracken Parker, who were recognized with their parents before the game. Senior cheerleaders and pep band members were also honored, as well as managers and coaches.

The Indians have a first-round bye and will play the winner of Tuesday’s Pocatello/Century game at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.

“On Monday our intensity and focus had to jump up a lot more. All six teams start over with a clean slate and whoever plays the best ball goes to state,” said coach Tyler Jones. “In this conference we have some good teams.

Senior Bracken Parker protects the ball after getting a rebound against Minico on Friday. Jeff Lords, 33, is on the left. Seniors Preston Hobbs and Kyle Slade surround Parker. Preston has a firstround bye in the district tournament and will host either Pocatello or Century on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Senior Bracken Parker protects the ball after getting a rebound against Minico on Friday. Jeff Lords, 33, is on the left. Seniors Preston Hobbs and Kyle Slade surround Parker. Preston has a firstround bye in the district tournament and will host either Pocatello or Century on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The extra time from the bye should give Austin Smellie, who didn’t play on Friday, time to heal an ankle he rolled in practice on Thursday morning. The players and coaches invite everyone to come and support the team on Thursday, as a good crowd can make a big difference in any game.

“It will be a fun and a tough tournament,” said Jones. “We’ve had a great crowd the last couple of games. Hopefully everyone will come out and support the team on Thursday. It’s a big advantage when you have a packed house.”

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