Worland Boys Basketball Team Wins 2nd State Title in 6 Years
The Worland boys basketball team was on a mission in 2021 after the entire 3A State Tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Worland went out and won 20 of 23 games and took home the 3A state championship trophy for the 2nd time in 6 years. The Warriors had a three-time all-state pick in Rudy Sanford and a two-time all-state selection in Mack Page. This team was loaded with talent.
In the quarterfinal round at the state tournament, Worland opened up with a 63-49 win over Wheatland as Page had a remarkable game, going 11-15 from the field which was good enough for 23 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Sanford contributed 17 with Court Gonsalez throwing in 7.
Worland's semi-final round opponent was Lander and this was a much closer game compared to the previous one. But the Warriors prevailed 64-54 as Page threw in 26 on 11-16 from the floor. Sanford had 11 and Brock Douzenis had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
So that put Worland in the 3A state title game as they took on a solid Mountain View team. In a contest with a dozen lead changes, the Warriors got by the Buffaloes 55-49 with 17 of those points coming from the free-throw line. Mack once again led the way with 23 and Sanford chipped in 15.
Worland does lose Page and Sanford to graduation so that's a lot of scoring that will need to be replaced. Check out our video of the Warriors in the state tournament. Enjoy!
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