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Eagles capture fifth straight district title

The Van Buren County Eagles are champions once again. 

The Eagles took down South Pittsburg 76-40 last Saturday, giving the team the District 5A title for the fifth year in a row.

Van Buren County (15-14) beat Hardy Memorial 84-38 to advance to the finals. 

It was not difficult to see the pride in the team on the face of coach Dustin Sullivan. 

“It was a lot of fun this year,” said coach Sullivan. “A lot of guys have experienced this before, but they got to play a bigger role on the floor. They went and made their own mark.”

Some may have expected the Eagles to take a step back this season, especially with the loss of All-State performer Caden Mills. Sullivan, in coordination with assistant coach William Holland, has put Van Buren County on the map as the team to beat throughout the area though.

“We believed we were the team to beat. We had good talent behind those guys last year who were really to step in,” said Sullivan.

The Eagles were shooting hoops this week in anticipation of the next challenge Saturday, where the team will face Clarkrange. The Buffaloes are 13-19 and finished fourth in the District 6A tournament. 

The Eagles were full of confidence and a little of “we got this” swagger as they assisted each other in shooting and rebounding.

Van Buren County fans are asked to come out this weekend to support the squads. The Lady Eagles, who finished second in the district tournament, will play Pickett County Friday. The boys game will be held Saturday, with both games set to start at 7 p.m.

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