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The Warriors know who they are, even after a dizzying loss

Warrior coach Rob Yoder salutes his 'humble' club following 2A title game loss, while Bontrager say it's been a 'blessing' to be in the program.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. | Updated on March 29, 2014 at 9:29 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Westview Warriors know who they are.

Even a dizzying loss couldn't blur that.

And certainly a public address announcer calling them "Westfield" when he called them out to accept their runner-up medals couldn't change who they are.

Among other things, they're the boys basketball team whose backers, about 3,000 strong, stayed the course virtually intact and typically enthused through all of an 84-57 Class 2A state championship loss to top-ranked Indianapolis Park Tudor, then stayed standing to watch all of the postgame ceremonies Saturday, March 29, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

It wasn't surprising. After all, they know who the Warriors are.

Coach Rob Yoder also knows who they are.

"I think our kids compete really hard, game in and game out, but more importantly, at practice, every practice," Yoder said of who his players are. "Then they fight for each other. I think they're great teammates. You don't see our guys getting in arguments with each other. They just compete hard together. They're easy to root for. I think that's one of the reasons you see our fan base. They're easy guys to cheer for. They're humble. They do their best. I just don't know if you can ask for more than what these guys put on the floor."

Putting it on the floor was hardly a sacrifice as far as senior point guard Jordyn Bontrager is concerned.

"It's been a blessing to be a part of this team," Bontrager said. "I just couldn't ask for better teammates or better coaches or a better fan base. It's just been an amazing season and great to be a part of it."

Just some of the hallmarks of that season included a 23-5 record; overcoming injuries or illness to three players, including two starters, at the beginning of the season; knocking off two favored and state-ranked opponents during the postseason; and handling their celebrity with a grace and modesty that caught the attention of opponents, fans and media alike.

"If you make it (this far), we know you're a guy who's willing to work and a great teammate," Yoder said of his players. "And so we know just from being with them this long and what we demand of them that they're going to be really successful in whatever they go ahead and do. With that said, we're going to miss all of (the seniors)."

Four of the starters — Bontrager, Jamar Weaver, Judah Zickafoose and Damon Hershberger — are seniors, as is leading reserve Daron Miller.

They'll leave Westview some gaping holes to plug.

"We'll definitely have to all work hard this summer and get ready to step up next year," said junior Chandler Aspy, who will be the one returning starter. "We're losing our point guard, a big man, all our seniors, so we're going to have to work hard to step up."

And the Warriors will certainly try to do it. That is who they are.


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