Seniors lead Bulldogs to CIAC tournament
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Mar. 8, 2012
The Stafford High School boys’ basketball team wrapped up regular season play on Feb. 22 with a one-point, 47-46 victory over East Granby, securing a spot in the CIAC Class S Tournament. With a record of 10-10, coach Mike Morhardt credits the exemplary leadership of seniors Brent Kalette, Kyle Pallanck, Tim Artruc and Beau Weed as the drive behind Stafford’s tournament-worthy finish.
Weed, sidelined by knee injury for the season, brought a positive attitude and continual source of morale to the Bulldogs bench. “Beau exemplifies the best in student-athletes,” Morhardt said. “He is a fantastic leader, with maturity beyond his years. He has been a source of support and encouragement to his teammates all season and is somebody they look to when things are toughest. His commitment and dedication to the program and to doing the right thing will be felt for years to come.”
At guard, Kalette is described by Morhardt as the epitome of the type of player Stafford hopes to build a program around. “Brent is always selfless,” the coach said. “He is a tireless worker who has recognized his strengths as a player and focused on bringing them to our team to help us be successful and to help him grow as a player. His energy, honesty and full commitment to every aspect of our program will be greatly missed.”
“Kyle is a gifted athlete who possesses great quickness, strength and athleticism,” Morhardt commented on guard Pallanck. “He has worked extremely hard to be an integral part of our success this season. Kyle has shown tremendous maturity, unselfishness and demonstrated a positive ‘team’ attitude throughout this season.” Pallanck secured Stafford’s final win against East Granby with four straight free throws in the fourth quarter, erasing a three-point deficit.
Guard/forward Artruc is described by Morhardt as a “coach's dream.” “When it comes to all-out effort, toughness and willingness to do whatever is necessary to help the team win, Tim is one of the mentally and physically toughest players I have ever coached,” the coach said. “One of the best compliments I could give Tim is that he is at his best when his best is required. He is willing to fail in order to see us succeed and his passion and quiet confidence will be sorely missed next year.”
The Bulldogs were to being tournament play on March 5. A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.