Sabercats celebrate senior night with dynamite performance


Mishak and Hemme during the nation anthem. The two seniors start every game side by side, signifying their long and winding journey together.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

The Fossil Ridge boys basketball team dominated on senior night, defeating the Boulder Panthers 77-26. 

Fossil imposed their will early, outscoring the Panthers 33-0 in the first quarter. This marked both the most points, and largest point difference in a quarter all season. Once the Sabercats took control, they never looked back, as their 51-point victory marks the biggest all season.

Both of Fossil’s seniors, Brock Mishak and William Hemme, led the way for the Sabercats. Hemme played the best game of his career, leading the team with 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals, as these were his season-highs in each respective category. Mishak did not shy away from the spotlight either, dropping a routine 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. This game marked the final regular season for the two seniors, ending a memorable three month journey.

Mishak is averaging over 20 points per game this season, and will be the key to Fossil’s postseason success.

“It means everything. I put in four years of hard work with this dude [Will Hemme] almost every day. It means the world to me, to have a tough season and a tough schedule, and come out 22-1 and conference champions,” Mishak said.

“This is our last ride, to have a year as tough as we’ve had and come out with only one loss, it’s been great. Like he [Mishak] said, going on this four years of hard work it’s all paying off…hopefully we got five more games,” Hemme said.

The Sabercats ended the season 22-1, winning the 5A Front Range Conference for the second consecutive year. Fossil finished 11-0 in conference play, going undefeated against conference opponents for the first time since 2013-14.

Hemme was able to start in their final regular season, making the most of his minutes.

“We’re able to put another banner up on the wall…it’s really showing that we’ve put in the work and want it more than anybody else,” Hemme said.

“There’s not a lot of guys in this program that have won two conference championships, it’s just crazy…It’s just awesome to be in that category,” Mishak said.

However, Fossil’s not satisfied with another conference title, having their sights fixly set on a championship. Fossil will enter the tournament as a top three seed, beginning their playoff journey at home on Saturday, February 26.