Brad Thrash's bucket list includes two gold balls in same weekend
The Cheyenne/Reydon basketball coach has already reached one goal — getting the boys and girls teams in the state tournament in the same year.
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But then on Mondays and Thursdays, Devon has junior high games to coach. And on Wednesdays, the kids have to leave early because it's church night.
“It gets kind of hectic every once in awhile,” Devon said, “but most of the time, it flows pretty smooth.”
Game planning has been a challenge, too. Finding time to watch video and scout opponents isn't always easy when you don't leave the gym until after the sun goes down.
This week brought a new challenge — a blizzard.
Cheyenne got upward of a foot of snow, closing school and altering practice. The teams didn't practice Monday but managed to get back in the gym Tuesday and Wednesday after snow plows dug out the streets and roads.
And the snow hasn't been all bad. Thrash has had more time to watch opponents' game film.
“I think the Lord may have blessed us,” he said, laughing.
Both Cheyenne teams bring a 23-6 record and a top-10 ranking into the Class A state tournament. The girls knocked off top-ranked Okarche at the buzzer to advance to state while boys beat Okarche by seven to make history. Never before had both teams from Cheyenne made state in the same year.
What if both manage to win a gold ball?
Thrash would become only the second coach in Oklahoma high school history to lead a boys and girls team to state titles in the same season. Tom Heidebrecht did it at Fort Towson in 1972, but despite the occasional coach bringing two teams to state in the same year, no one else has done the double.
Thrash is friends with Heidebrecht, and they chatted before the season. Heidebrecht said he was pulling for Thrash to join him in the two-fer club.
“I hope you get to do that,” he told Thrash. “It's incredible.”
Even if both of his teams don't win titles, Thrash hasn't regretted his decision to coach two teams. He relished working alongside his son. He enjoyed coaching both squads. But he still wants to win two titles this weekend.
That's the next thing to cross off his bucket list.
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