Revenge is something that comes along every once in a while, and something the Redhawks will need to capitalize on if they want to make it to the state tournament this year.
A win Thursday night would be especially gratifying for North Tama as they face Gladbrook-Reinbeck, the team that knocked them out of the Class 1A district playoffs a season ago, ending the Redhawks' season.
First, the guys had to get through Colo-NESCO.
Above, North Tama’s Mitchell Boerm goes up for a shot during the Redhawks’ 53-34 win over Colo-NESCO on Tuesday night in Traer. At left, Dalton Hulme scores two of his team-high 13 during the victory.
Dalton Hulme had a team-high 13 points in the Tuesday night contest, and also clamped down on defense to limit the conference's leading scorer to just 10 points in the Redhawks' 53-34 win.
"We put our best defender on him," Redhawk senior Nolan Hefty told the Times-Republican of Hulme's defense. "We helped off of him and made sure we knew where he was at all times. Dalton is a smart basketball player both ways."
Jacob Wrage and Mitchell Boerm each had nine points in the contest, with Nolan Hefty scoring eight. Brent Billerbeck scored six points and had two assists and three steals. Wrage led the Redhawks with seven assists and five steals.
The game also marked the return of Skyler Kvidera, who scored four points. Kvidera's size gives the Redhawks a good 1-2 punch down in the paint with Hefty.
North Tama (23-1) looks to beat a Gladbrook-Reinbeck (17-6) squad that they easily handled 52-39 back on January 26. But with the District 8 final on the line, there's no telling what could happen when these two talented teams meet.
Gametime is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night in Grundy Center, although the approaching snowstorm may mean the Redhawks have to wait an extra day or more. Like the Star-Clipper on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@TraerStarClip) for updates on gametimes.