YUKON — In a tournament filled with teams representing communities in all parts of the state, Southwest Covenant stands to draw one regular question.
Where are those guys from?
The tiny private school, with an average daily attendance of 73 students, sits about half a mile from the monstrous new Yukon High School campus.
Part of the OSSAA for less than a decade, Southwest Covenant will make its first appearance in the Class B state basketball tournament when it faces Arnett at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carl Albert.
And if you’ve never heard of the Patriots, they’re OK with that. In fact, they’re used to it.
“People aren’t talking about Southwest Covenant,” said 6-foot-4 junior Josh McMinn. “We weren’t ranked all year, even though we thought we should be. We just had to keep working to prove ourselves.”
The Patriots (16-5) earned a spot in the Class B rankings, at No. 20, in the final poll of the regular season. And when the playoffs began, they really started to show themselves.
They defeated perennially strong Okarche in the district round, then knocked off three straight ranked teams — including No. 3 Lookeba-Sickles and No. 7 Whitesboro — to seal up a spot at state.
“I had some other coaches around the state giving me advice about enjoying the process with your team, stopping to smell the roses along the way,” coach Kevin Cobbs said. “It’s a lot of fun. We’re enjoying it, for sure.”