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Whitehouse Rides Twenty Years Of Tradition To State Ranking

The Whitehouse Wildcats, ranked third in the state and 20-1 on the season, are the team to beat in 4A. But when you step back and look at the big picture, you realize it's been that way for quite a while. With twenty straight winning seasons, Whitehouse has been the model of consistency.

"I just think basketball is really important to our kids," Coach Wally Dawkins said. "With a lot of schools, basketball is just an offseason, but it's not here. Basketball is important to the community, and when the players feel that, they work at it, and they play like it."

Whitehouse has twenty straight winning seasons, counting this one, and that includes five straight 20-win campaigns. No one on this team was alive the last time the Wildcats finished under five hundred.

"You put on a Whitehouse jersey," junior post Jacob Holmen said, "you have to play hard. You've got to live up to the reputation.  Everybody comes out to try and beat us, but this is Whitehouse. People raise their level of play, we have to come out and raise ours."

"Every night, you take the floor and know there's tradition," senior point guard Mitch Marquis said. "It's quite an honor to have won all these games and play for a team like this. The community takes notice, I think we all take notice we've got something special going on here."

Whitehouse wears the target again, undefeated in district and state ranked. This year, though, they know they just keeping the winning tradition going isn't enough.

 "We are ranked high," Marquis said. "But ranking to us don't really matter. We want to go deep in the playoffs. Our ultimate goal is to win a state championship this year."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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