Sticking it out
Despite winless campaign, DeSoto seniors finish year with no regrets
When the final bricks were being put in place at Mill Valley High last fall, seniors-to-be were given the choice to attend the new school or remain at DeSoto.
No returning starters stayed at DeSoto as eight players bolted to MVHS.
Seniors Josh Blackman, Kyle Copes, David Kennedy and Rick Miller stayed and stuck with the Wildcats through a winless season.
Still, the seniors didn't regret staying at DeSoto.
"I'd rather play for these coaches than anyone else," Blackman said.
And although the team took its licks this year, Copes was proud to be a part of the foundation for what he thought would be a strong program in years to come.
"This will be a heck of a program in a year or two," Copes said.
Copes' prediction might not be far off. The Wildcats will have experienced upperclassmen -- nine seniors and seven juniors -- expected to return next season.
DeSoto coach Brad Scott said his seniors were great leaders who helped the underclassmen immensely.
"I'm so proud of these guys," Scott said after the game against Mill Valley.
Scott also enjoyed watching Miller shine in his last high school game.
"Rick Miller made some great catches," Scott said. "Some (of the catches he made) he hadn't been able to make all year."
Kennedy was most proud of how the team ended a rough season against Mill Valley.
"We played with a great deal of class," he said.