Hanover State Basketball – Spotlight Presented By Visit Wichita

In a game where Cunningham led for most of the game, the title hopes were slowly becoming realer and realer for a team full of kids that knew they wanted to be a part of history again. 

“It was crazy for sure,” junior all-league frst-team guard Luke Albers said when talking about winning the frst state title in school history. “It’s an honor to be a part of a great team like this and have awesome fans.” 

After a 60-55 win over Lebo, the dream came true for Albers and hs teammates. The Wildcats, just a few months removed from heartbreak in the state football championship game, the emotions were a little bit different this time. 

“We were all so pumped and in shock that we had just won the state championship,” the junior said. “It was a great feeling for sure, it gives you the chills when you saw all of those Cunningham fans in the stands cheering.” 

The Wildcats, coming in as the fourth seed knew that they had work to get to the promise land. 

“Our goal this year was to make it to state and we did that, but we wanted to win some games while we were there,” Albers said. “The first game started out slow for us but then we got things figured out and had to come out and play the number one seed, Dighton, and after that, that’s when we knew we had a shot at the whole thing.” 

Albers and his fellow first-team all-league teammate junior Will Wegerer led the way for the Wildcats as they scored 23 and 27 points. The pair will look to lead Cunnngham to back-to-back championships as seniors next year. 

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