Saratoga Boys Basketball Wrap [VIDEO]
The progress that the Saratoga boys basketball program has displayed is inspirational to every program in the state. Back in the 2015-2016 season, the Panthers went 1-18 and there was an 8-year stretch that they failed to qualify for the state tournament. Fast forward to the 2019-20 season and Saratoga put it all together and finished 20-4; winning their state championship in 88 years of competition.
The Panthers had a couple of all-state selections in Teegan Love who averaged 18 points a game along with Noah Rimmer who threw in 12 a game. Gavin Bartlett was named all-conference and the Panthers had a double-digit scorer in Logan Seahorn.
At the 1A state tournament, Saratoga won their quarterfinal round game over Kaycee 50-43 with Love tossing in 25 points on 8-14 from the floor. He was 8-8 from the free-throw line with 8 rebounds so he was terrific, to say the least. in the semi-final round, the Panthers won a classic game over Upton 57-55 in overtime with clutch plays all over the place. Love had 17 in this game but Gavin Bartlett was the catalyst with 19. Noah Rimmer was sensational with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
So, Saratoga qualified for the state championship game, marking the first time ever that they made it that far. The Panthers played yet another solid game and defeated Farson-Eden 52-42. Bartlett and Logan Seahorn combined for 33 points and Seahorn was 8-12 from the charity stripe. It was a pretty good defensive effort too as the Panthers held the Pronghorns to 29% shooting from the field.
Saratoga finally found the promised land and this may be just the beginning. Love, Bartlett, and Rimmer were juniors this season while Seahorn was one of just 2 seniors in the team. Toga!