The Nawf is ours


Dionte Blanch takes flight.

Kevin Madley, Staff Writer

The ELHS boys basketball team has had a record-breaking start to this winter season. The Eagles have come out to a red-hot 16-0 start. Led by Murray St. commit Dionte “Killa” Blanch, our boys are looking to make another deep run in the playoffs. At this rate, a state championship doesn’t look too unreasonable. Let’s dive into what makes this team so electric. When asked about their road to the championship, junior Dean Gabrelchik said, “We are very lucky to have the team we do. We are going to work as hard as we can to bring a ring home to the Lake. Rep the Nawf.”

Starting at the top, coach Britt Taylor is showing the team what it takes to be successful. When asked how he prepared his team to win, he responded that the squad “takes every practice as a blessing.” He knows that he has been given one of the best rosters in the state of Florida and doesn’t want to take that for granted. He works his boys hard, having practices before and after school. His team is dedicated and trusts him to lead the way. He has been a key part of the success of this team.

Our starting 5 includes Dionte Blanch, Jordan Hillman, Dean Gabrelcik, Noah Chatman, and Henry Hurst. These boys are electric to watch. Dionte runs the show averaging 24.3 points a game. They have an obvious sense of chemistry that is hard to compete with.  This leads to absolutely mowing down the opponents and often find themselves on the bench at halftime to show the other team some mercy. Outside of the starting 5, we are lucky to have a lot of depth on the bench. This makes managing the top players’ minutes a lot easier.

The team has stacked many accolades already this season, including being ranked #4 in the state by Max Preps and #1 in the Bay area two weeks in a row. Our boys are still hungry though and will not stop until they have a ring on all of their hands. This year’s squad is something special. Expect greatness and you will still be blown away.