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Members of the 2019 Anamosa 8th grade boys basketball team were, left to right, Front row-Steven Lin, Kaiden Kustes, Devin Brophy, Tyler Edson, Ashtin Liebel, Tysen Gravel, Lucas Sullivan and Heath Bodkin. Middle row- manager Ruby Robertson, Ty Easterly, Caleb Loehr, CJ Marek, Caleb Bowzer, Ethan Tenley, Jay Gotto, Sean Hollet and Jacob Loehr. Back row- Coach Dave Michels, Mason Easterly, Andrew Carey, Nash Fisher, Cole Sigler, Caiden Smith, Lukas Gralund, Cameron Charmosta and Coach Casey Ditch. Not pictured: managers Taylor Delancey and Ashlynn Brown.

      ANAMOSA - Putting together a solid season in their final campaign as Anamosa middle schoolers, the Raider eighth grade boys basketball team overcame some sizeable obstacles this past winter.

      “This team had more downs than ups in their past, but they turned it around this year,” said Anamosa eighth grade boys basketball coach Dave Michels. “They weren’t only a very coachable group and a lot of fun to be around, but they also really enjoyed each other.

      “So many of the boys made progress that I think they will have a good squad next year at the high school level.”

      The eighth grade A team finished the 2019 season posting a solid 5-5 overall record while the B team was 4-6. The C team added a 2-1 mark for a program total of 11-12 between the three squads.

      While the team faced numerous challenges this past season, one of the biggest was being first-year members of the River Valley Conference.

      As members of the WaMaC for over a decade, the Raiders were one of the smallest schools in the powerhouse class 3A and 4A league. In the River Valley, it was Anamosa who boasted one of the largest enrollment numbers.

      “This group of guys were very unselfish and it showed on the court,” Michels said. “We never had one player dominate any stat, but rather many contributed night in and out.

      “Since moving to the new conference, we have found that we are a team with the most players each game, which can be a positive or negative. Positive because we have a lot of guys to sub in and out. Negative because some night we played against teams with less than half of our numbers.”

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